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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,...

Antidepressants, a Guide to Switching and Withdrawing

Antidepressants, a Guide to Switching and Withdrawing

Instructions for changing or stopping antidepressants.

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...

Varenicline does not increase risk of psychiatric events, study confirms

Varenicline does not increase risk of psychiatric events, study confirms

Additional side-effect monitoring is no longer required...

Infographic: Inappropriate prescribing of antidepressants in children and adolescents

Infographic: Inappropriate prescribing of antidepressants in children and adolescents

Prescribing of antidepressants in children and adolescents...

GPs asked to use new valproate pregnancy risk communication materials

GPs asked to use new valproate pregnancy risk communication materials

Healthcare professionals are being sent printed communication...

MIMS guidance on switching and withdrawing antidepressants updated

MIMS guidance on switching and withdrawing antidepressants updated

Advice on switching and withdrawing antidepressants...

NICE recommends multimodal antidepressant for depressive episodes

NICE recommends multimodal antidepressant for depressive episodes

Vortioxetine (Brintellix) has been approved by NICE...

Vortioxetine: New for depressive episodes

Vortioxetine: New for depressive episodes

Brintellix (vortioxetine) is indicated for the treatment...

Study highlights inappropriate prescribing in patients with learning disabilities

Study highlights inappropriate prescribing in patients with learning disabilities

One in six adults with learning disabilities is being...

New treatment option for adolescents with schizophrenia

New treatment option for adolescents with schizophrenia

The licensing of Invega (paliperidone) has been extended...

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