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October 2015

The FDA has approved flibanserin (Addyi) to treat low or absent libido in women.

ADHD Mortality
In a study in Denmark, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was associated with an increased risk of mortality, especially in patients 18 years and older and in female patients.

Antidepressants, NSAIDs, and the Risk of Intracranial Hemorrhage
In a large, retrospective cohort study, patients who took an antidepressant concomitantly with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) were more likely to suffer an intracranial hemorrhage than those who took an antidepressant alone.

In Brief
Synthetic Cannabinoids Dangerous and Readily Available; Women with Memory Impairment Worsen More Quickly than Men

Stimulants for Geriatric Depression
As an adjunct to antidepressants, methylphenidate (Ritalin and others) may improve symptoms of depression in elderly patients and accelerate response.

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