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February 2014

In Brief
Methylphenidate Products May Cause Priapism in Rare Cases; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Weight Gain in Women

Excessive Sweating, Antidepressants, and Terazosin
Augmentation treatment with terazosin (Hytrin) appears to be effective in diminishing antidepressant-induced excessive sweating.

Antipsychotics, Type 2 Diabetes, and Young Patients
In a retrospective cohort study of children, adolescents, and young adults, newly diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes mellitus were observed about three times as often in antipsychotic users versus nonusers.

Comparing Antipsychotics
A meta-analysis found small differences in efficacy but larger differences in side effects among first- and second-generation antipsychotic medications.

Antidepressants Increase the Risk of Postpartum Hemorrhage
Antidepressants may be associated with a slightly increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage.

Adaptive Treatments for Smokers
The nicotine patch works for about half of people who seek to quit smoking; for the remaining half, other treatments are not as effective.

In Brief

February 2014

On December 17, 2013, the US FDA issued a warning that methylphenidate (Ritalin and others) products may cause priapism, a prolonged and sometimes painful erection that can occur in males of any age (US Food and Drug Administration: Drugs. FDA Drug Safety Communication. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm375796.htm.…

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