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Be careful with journal material

Posted by spike4848 on December 15, 2001, at 15:37:39

In reply to Re: If you had to suggest three textbooks on meds for , posted by spike4848 on December 15, 2001, at 15:23:54

> I agree, journals have the most up to date ...... well I would say "stuff." Medicine today is very different then even 5 years ago. The heart and soul of medicine is in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. If it takes 2 to 3 million dollars to get a drug approved, you bet any company may cut some corners to make a profit back. I am leary sometimes of the articles in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Many of the studies are sponsered by drug companies. When they compare drugs in studies, you never see TCA used at correct doses. They will compare Wonder Drug X to imipramine at doses of 150 mg. It is well known many people need up to 300 mg of imipramine per day to get a response. And if you look at the patient population, these people seem to depression lite-with half the calories. They're Hamilton-D scores just barely meet criteria for major depression.
> Textbook information is usually tried and true, has stood the test of time. But the best source is probably a seasoned clincian- who see patients day in and day out- sees that wonder drug X works great but wonder drug Y does not. Or even people on the web site like elizabeth. But I am leary of a few people here too ... it is so easy for someone to say drug X cured all my symptoms .. you should try it too.
> Spike




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