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Drug Guide Index
Clicking on a link in the Table of Contents will take you to that section of the drug guide.
On this page… (hide)
- 1. The drug’s US FDA approved use(s)
- 2. Where a drug is approved elsewhere for:
- 3. Common off-label uses
- 4. When / why you should take this drug
- 5. When / why you should not take this drug
- 6. Less common/experimental off-label uses of this med
- 7. Failed off-label uses
- 8. Potentially dangerous off-label uses
The Expanded Approved and Off-label Uses Page provides details about:
- FDA-approved uses of a drug
- What a drug might be approved for outside of the US that it is currently not approved for here. E.g. Cymbalta is approved to treat stress urinary incontinence in the EU.
- Common/Clinically significant off-label uses
- Less common/experiment/freaking weird off-label uses
- Failed off-label uses
- Potentially dangerous off-label uses
- When you should and should not be taking a med
We’ll often reference studies on this page. The BMJ has put together a collection of papers on how to read studies, trials, reviews, etc. It’s worth reading if you want to get serious about understanding how we go about researching all this.
The list of FDA approvals. The newer PI sheets get into a lot of detail, and that detail is copied here. Otherwise we have to look up the stuff we want. Either way, this is what we try to get:
- Date of approval for each application, like on the Zoloft page.
- At the very least the date of a med’s initial approval in the US.
- All of the super-specific applications for a med. E.g. Seroquel’s.
- How different forms have different approvals. A better example than Seroquel is Paxil.
Any approvals we can find in other countries that aren’t here. Such as Cymbalta’s (used as the global example), or how Lexapro/Cipralex is approved to treat panic disorders and social anxiety everywhere else it’s available, and OCD in many other countries.
These are generally the clinically significant ones. Or the ones people take them for anyway, like Topamax for bipolar disorder. In either event we usually back these up with links to studies or clinical trials - the bigger the better - as seen on the Zoloft page.
I’m compelled to expose you to more of teh Google’s subliminal mind control devices Please enjoy this pleasant information-enhancement interlude.
Again with the ads? Really?
When all else fails and you’ve run out of other options a drug you never expected may be your last best chance at treating an obscure or treatment-resistant condition.
Plus we run across some weird stuff all the time and feel like sharing.
This is mainly for examples of often used off-label applications that have a much higher failure rate than most people think.
Sometimes they really aren’t worth trying. Otherwise safe meds can be downright dangerous when used for some things.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion of anonymity. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.