I've been prescribed Sertraline (Zoloft) for depression. I've never taken any SSRI or depression drug before. What can I expect? What should I do or not do?
For the patent lawyers in the house... If a pharmaceutical company creates a me-too drug, (i.e. a drug that offers no improvement over the existing drug in its class--for instance claritin, allegra, zyrtec, etc.) is their burden of proof in the patent process that their drug is "better than placebo" or that it is "as good as the pre-existing drug in the class?"
My Chicago apartment faces an alley. Occasionally, in the middle of the night, I'll hear a series of three whistles coming from the alley. [more inside]
Health coverage in Canada: I don't have coverage through my work. What options do I have as a low-income individual in my late 20's? [more inside]
I have a question about being hired as a contractor for the Department of Justice and having to take a drug test. [more inside]
Legality of photographing a controlled substance? [more inside]
If I consume dietary hemp seed, will the THC show up on a drug test? [more inside]
"He took too much LSD in the '60s". No, really. Any number of Americans approaching old age are doing so with long-term illegal drug habits. If you've seen the Osbournes on TV, Ozzy seems the picture of the sort of cognitive impairment you can expect someone to have after years of illegal drug use. Is this typical of such a person? Can someone be rendered mentally incompetent by means of a history of long-term illegal drug use? Would someone with obvious cognative impairment like Ozzy still be considered legally competant?
I am trying to figure out the name of a horror/sci-fi movie from my childhood. It's a movie where a guy wakes up one day and he has a little alien slug/worm that lives on the back of his neck and talks to him. The alien has drilled a hole in the back of his neck and now injects a powerful narcotic/hallucinogen directly into his brain and controls the guy's life. Nobody knows about the alien slug, and at the end of the movie, he squeezes the alien slug to death and it administers a lethal dose to him, and his head blows up. Name that movie! As I'm older I realize it was a metaphor for drug addiction... and frequently try and explain the plot of the movie to people as best as I can remember. It was probably released around 1991. It may have gone straight to DVD or cable. TIA
Unplanned Intervention over. Now what? [more inside]
What other substances might show up in a blood test for valproic acid levels? [more inside]
Find This Video Game Filter: Arcade machine, may not exist on a console, reminiscent of Pitfall with better graphics, approximately 12-15 years ago, played it at a local drugstore. More Details inside. Please help a video game guy! [more inside]
I have enjoyed recreational drugs for many years. Loved coke. Enjoyed grass. Had great results from speed,percocet,demerol. This was in my thirties. I had no problems with the drugs. Now I am in my 60's and on anti-depressants (that work) My question: Now I get no reaction whatsoever from coke,grass,booze or E. Anybody know what's up with my chemistry?
how can i determine if a potential housemate is a drug dealer? [more inside]
What's the modern equivalent of Seconal? [more inside]
I may have to take a pre-employment drug test very soon, and I'm worried about whether the totally legal and authorized stimulants I'm taking are going to keep me from getting hired. Are my worries reasonable, and if so is there anything I should do to protect myself? [more inside]
Name Some Names: Successful drug users... [more inside]
I know that when medicine expires or is no longer needed, the best way to dispose of it is to take it to a local pharmacy with a disposal program and hand it off to them to take care of it. But that gets me to wondering - then what? [more inside]
How does the recent decriminalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts effect the drug testing policy this state has had for so long?
How does the recent decriminalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts effect the drug testing policy this state has had for so long? Will Marijuana be taken off the drug testing roster?
Will the drug that my vet prescribed kill my cat? It's unapproved for use in the US. [more inside]
I have noticed that TV ads for prescription drugs that feature actors directly addressing you always (?) have the voice track lip-synched. The audio is obviously different from what would have been recorded originally, and this seems to be consistent. Why is this? A friend suggested this somehow avoids some FDA regulation about endorsing drugs. This is in the USA.
Magic Mushrooms? [more inside]
Name that drug. [more inside]
How worried should I be about the side effects of this medicine? [more inside]
Where online can I find a list of vocabulary from "The Wire" and some plain-language definitions? [more inside]
Where on the Web do I find anti-drug activities (word games, art, crafts, specifically addressing drug use) for kids ages 9-12? My Google-Fu seems to be failing me. Thanks!
What are the legal ramifications for the crew members (camerapeople, producers, etc.) of a show like Intervention when the "stars" do illegal things? [more inside]
My pharmacy screwed up on my Xanax prescription, and I'm afraid they're going to hassle me for what might appear to be drug seeking behavior. [more inside]
Approximately how many people are in prison and/or dead (or not) because of the drug war? [more inside]
How can I deal with my supervisor's drug abuse and dealing? [more inside]
Movie Filter: An ambulance driver, his friend, some meth and/or other drugs. An crusty old guy who is also into drugs and at a nursing home(?). Please help me remember this one! [more inside]
drug testing filter: does niacin really clean out all the THC in your body? What is the effect of taking large doses of niacin? [more inside]
I am thinking about applying for a job at the Federal Office of Personnel Management. They say they do drug screening, but no specifics are given. I've smoked pot one or twice recently and I am a bit concerned. Does anyone know what kind of testing (hair, urine, blood) they do? How do they feel about marijuana use? Do they do random testing once you get hired? [more inside]
Can you recommend a drug rehab in southern California for a dear friend? [more inside]
A hair test (drug screen). A question on length and...well, hair. [more inside]
Is it wise to take Pantocip, an Indian "generic" proton-pump inhibitor, instead of Protonix? [more inside]
Is there anything wrong a grad student with taking an anti-anxiety medication, Ativan, to get through the end of a school term? [more inside]
I was recently terminated due to the state denying licensure based on a felony conviction that no longer exists. it's a little complicated, the old felony is sealed (i was 19 at the time). is the state essentially reopening a sealed case? [more inside]
Is there something like the Hungarian "Quarelin" painkiller available in the USA? [more inside]
How can I find out if a company does drug testing? [more inside]
How legal is Miraculin? [more inside]
Name this chemical! [more inside]
How do I better relate with people on anxiety and anti-depressant drugs? [more inside]
Can anyone resident in India clear up my confusion on the drug laws there? [more inside]
I'm looking for coupons and rebates for prescription drugs from the drug manufacturing companies. [more inside]
A doctor has gotten my sister-in-law addicted to meds (Oxycontin). She lives in a small town with no treatment programs available, has no insurance and no money. How can I get her help? [more inside]
My 25 year old daughter is worrying me. She self medicates with vicodin to help her through her depression. Lately she has become comatose, falling asleep at the wheel, talking with slurred speech and denying that she is doing any drugs. Her mother took her to the hospital and they advised her to see a psychiatrist. I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt and believe that she is clean but she has a history that can't be denied. My latest thought is that she is doing but is in denial. Is there a definitive test that I can purchase from the pharmacy that would be conclusive. The part about her slurred speech, can anything else be causing this (she is also bulemic). As you can see she has alot to deal with. Any suggestions? I know she needs psychological help but I can't force her and since she is an adult she would not let her mother speak with the doctor.
Lucyintheskieswithdiamondsfilter: I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from HPPD. What can I do about it? [more inside]
I recently increased my dosage of lamictal from 100mg/day to 200mg/day. I was prescribed 100mg pills, whereas before I had 25mg pills. For a month's supply of 100mg/daily in 25mg units, the bill sent to my insurance was over $500. For 200mg in 100mg units, it was just under $300. Why would more of the active ingredient cost less? I know the difference in pill count can't account for that much of a differential. What's the creative economics here?
Pls help track source of "I learned it from watching you" drug parody ad, but the kid was chastized for playing 8-bit nintendo video games. [more inside]