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Robin Williams’ recent battle with depression has helped open everyone’s eyes to the seriousness of mental health issues. While antidepressant drugs are the first-line treatment used to combat this mental health disease, only 22-40% of patients actually respond to treatment. However, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is rapidly emerging as one of the best treatments available…

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Antidepressant use in psychiatry: Nowadays, physicians have an arsenal of drugs to combat psychiatric disorders: Anxiolytics, Antidepressants, Anti-psychotics, and Mood stabilizers. However, as with most other drugs, one dosage does NOT apply to all patients. A certain amount of drug might offer desired clinical improvements to some while under the same regiment others may exhibit…

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Detrol (tolterodine) causes sleep disturbance side effects in patients who are slow drug metabolizers One of the most common manifestations of ‘urinary incontinence’ is excessive bladder wall contraction – causing an uncontrollable urge to visit the washroom. Antimuscarinics are the class of drugs given to patients suffering from urinary incontinence, and common ones include: Detrol…

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Vaccines are an important medical advance Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, meningitis, influenza, hepatitis, human papillomavirus (HPV), these are all infectious agents that cause serious and often fatal diseases in humans. But thanks to vaccinations, infections by most of these microbes have been, or will soon be, a thing of the past. However, in recent months,…

When it comes to cholesterol control, the first line of defense is always a healthy lifestyle and diet. But when that’s not enough, cholesterol medication can help to: Lower the heart-disease-causing bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, LDL), Lower triglycerides, a type of fat in blood, which also increases the risk of heart problems, and Increase the…

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