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Avoid benzodiazepines in opioid-dependent patients, GPs reminded

Avoid benzodiazepines in opioid-dependent patients, GPs reminded

Prescribing benzodiazepines in opioid-dependent individuals...

Serious shortage protocol for fluoxetine 10mg capsules revoked

Serious shortage protocol for fluoxetine 10mg capsules revoked

The Government has withdrawn one of the three serious...

HRT and antidepressant shortages prompt export ban and pharmacist scrip-switching

HRT and antidepressant shortages prompt export ban and pharmacist scrip-switching

The government has banned exports of HRT products and...

Potentially addictive medicines 'being prescribed for years'

Potentially addictive medicines 'being prescribed for years'

Hundreds of thousands of people are receiving prescriptions...

Antidepressants, a Guide to Switching and Withdrawing

Antidepressants, a Guide to Switching and Withdrawing

Instructions for changing or stopping antidepressants.

Mirtazapine no more effective than placebo as an additive antidepressant

Mirtazapine no more effective than placebo as an additive antidepressant

Mirtazapine is unlikely to provide any clinical benefit...

Gabapentin and pregabalin to be subject to tighter controls

Gabapentin and pregabalin to be subject to tighter controls

From April 2019 gabapentin and pregabalin will be reclassified...

Antidepressant withdrawal 'much greater problem than guidelines suggest'

Antidepressant withdrawal 'much greater problem than guidelines suggest'

The incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant...

New atypical antipsychotic offers potential benefits in treatment of schizophrenia

New atypical antipsychotic offers potential benefits in treatment of schizophrenia

Reagila (cariprazine) is an orally active partial agonist...

Doctors identify 50 'unnecessary' medical interventions

Doctors identify 50 'unnecessary' medical interventions

A list of 50 tests, treatments and procedures 'of questionable...

Anticholinergics linked to increased dementia risk

Anticholinergics linked to increased dementia risk

Patients prescribed certain types of anticholinergic...

Valproate banned in women not on Pregnancy Prevention Programme

Valproate banned in women not on Pregnancy Prevention Programme

Valproate can no longer be used in women or girls of...

Treating depression may aid opioid cessation

Treating depression may aid opioid cessation

Cessation of chronic opioid use may be more successful...

Antidepressants are effective, major study confirms

Antidepressants are effective, major study confirms

A meta-analysis of 522 trials involving 116,477 people...

GPs should no longer prescribe 18 'low value' treatments, NHS England rules

GPs should no longer prescribe 18 'low value' treatments, NHS England rules

NHS England believes cutting access to the treatments,...

Clozapine prescribers reminded of intestinal obstruction risk

Clozapine prescribers reminded of intestinal obstruction risk

Clozapine can impair intestinal peristalsis, leading...

Infographic: GPs urged to ensure patients aware of valproate risks in pregnancy

Infographic: GPs urged to ensure patients aware of valproate risks in pregnancy

Despite wide dissemination of MHRA guidance and resources,...

Infographic: Long-term benzodiazepine use widespread, finds study

Infographic: Long-term benzodiazepine use widespread, finds study

Long-term use of benzodiazepines is a significant problem...

Citalopram: suspected interaction with cocaine

Citalopram: suspected interaction with cocaine

Healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential...