Experts raise alarms about EXCESSIVE and INAPPROPRIATE use of antipsychotics

Experts raise alarms about EXCESSIVE and INAPPROPRIATE use of antipsychotics

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March 25th, 2012, 9:49 am #1


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<strong>Misuse of Antipsychotics Risks Weight Gain</strong>

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"Medical and pharmaceutical experts are raising alarms about the <strong>excessive and inappropriate </strong>use of atypical antipsychotics such as Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa.

Designed to treat the hallucinations, delusions and other symptoms of such serious mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, <strong>which afflict just 3% of the population</strong>, <font size="3">they are increasingly prescribed for an array of conditions they aren't approved for, <strong>including insomnia, ADD, simple anxiety, dementia, and even disruptive behavior by small children.</strong> </font>

Such off-label prescriptions have soared from 4.4 million in 1995 to 9 million in 2008, helping antipsychotic drugs to post over $16 billion in sales in 2010. The drugs' side effects include Type 2 diabetes and rapid weight gain of up to 40 pounds or more. "
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