January 2014

Treatment after Trauma
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends trying behavioral interventions before pharmacologic treatments for adults and children exposed to traumatic experiences, and new evidence suggests benefit for concurrent treatment of substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

SSRIs and Upper GI Bleeding
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are associated with a small risk of increased bleeding, including upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, which may be greater in men than in women.

In Brief
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Menopause, Depression

Safe Pill Swallowing
To avoid pills getting stuck in the esophagus, patients should take medication with a full glass of water and not lie down immediately after ingesting a tablet or capsule.

Safe Pill Swallowing

January 2014

In a study conducted in the 1970s, 98 patients were given tablets to swallow with 15 mL (about a tablespoon) of water and instructed to lie supine immediately.1 In more than half of the subjects, tablets were retained in the esophagus.

Esophageal retention of tablets or capsules can…

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