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Drug Guide Index
Clicking on a link in the Table of Contents will take you to that section of the drug guide.
On this page… (hide)
- 1. Brand & Generic Names; Drug Class
- 2. Approved and off-label uses of a med
- 3. Pros and cons
- 4. Interesting Stuff Your Doctor Probably Won’t Tell You
- 5. Side Effects
- 6. How to take and stop taking the drug
- 7. When will the drug start working?
- 8. What a drug is best known for
- 9. The drug’s half-life & how long until it clears your system
- 10. Current guess about how the drug works
- 11. Comments
- 12. Discussion board, PI sheet and other useful links
|US Brand Name: The drug’s brand/trade/proprietary name in the United States|
|generic name: The drug’s generic/International Nonproprietary Name (INN)|
|Class: How we categorized the drug.|
|A link to the page with more about brand & generic names, and availability|
What a drug has official approval to be prescribed for in the US.
Mostly the clinically significant (i.e. it often works, but for a variety of reasons there’s not enough money to be made to justify the costs of getting FDA approval) uses.
A short overview of each. Along with..
Sometimes useful, often not.
Time for ads already?
These are nowhere near all the potential side effects a med can have. Just a representative sample.
Practically everyone who takes this drug will get one or more of these.
You may or may not get one or more of these. Don’t be surprised either way.
Included for gallows humor.
A link to the page with even more, and more detail about side effects, including ways to mitigate them2.
Mostly a summary of what’s in the PI sheet and how we would tweak it a little.
Unless there’s a specific protocol, it’s typically decreasing the dosage by the standard titration amount (whatever the PI sheet tells you to increase the dosage by when you start taking it) the average time it takes to clear from your system.
This is our best guess, based on consumer experiences, information from the books & websites in the bibliography, and the PI sheet.
Our best guess, if any, without a lot of detail
A link to the page with details, more info on efficacy.
And everyone’s favorite blood sport: how it compares with other medications
Drugs get a reputation for things. We coined the term “supermodel drug” to describe Topamax, because it makes you skinny and stupid.
But wait, we have more ads.
It’s down here because we’re lumping all the geeky stuff together.
Drugs.com’s drug-drug and drug-food interaction checker
Pretty much what’s in the PI sheet. Unless the PI sheet is really, really out of date and wrong.
Whatever else there is to write about.
A link to the page with even more comments.
And consumer comments.
“Other useful links” being official drug company sites, PI sheets from other countries, medication review sites, etc.
Finally a link to the bibliography.
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2 In theory at least. I.e. in theory the ways to help counter the side effects will work. In theory there will be something written up about how to do something about the side effects.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.