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November 2017

Gabapentinoids: Are They Overprescribed for Pain?
Gabapentinoids are increasingly being prescribed to treat acute, subacute, and chronic noncancer pain, but their safety and efficacy have not been established for these indications.

Too Much Vitamin D
The use of higher than recommended daily doses of supplemental vitamin D has increased in the United States over the past decade across most age groups, races, ethnicities, and both sexes.

Hair Loss with Antidepressants
In a study of hair loss with antidepressants, bupropion (Wellbutrin and others) was associated with the greatest risk; fluoxetine (Prozac and others) and paroxetine (Paxil and others), with the lowest.

Anticholinergics and Mortality in the Elderly
Anticholinergic agents can increase morbidity and mortality in elderly patients.

In Brief
Proton Pump Inhibitors Are Not Associated with an Increased Risk of Alzheimer Disease; Rate of Antidepressant Use in the United States Increases

Risks of Antipsychotics in Patients with Dementia
Antipsychotic drugs are associated with serious morbidity and increased mortality in older people with dementia.

Preventing Suicide in Patients with Bipolar Disorder: Lithium versus Valproate
Suicide-related events in patients with bipolar disorder decreased when the patients took lithium but not when they were treated with valproate (Depakote and others).

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