Mania in Bipolar Disorder: A New Patient Guide

A new article for patients on mania has been published on the Psych Education website. Mania, defined by extreme energy levels and fluctuating emotions, can cause considerable disruptions in a patient’s life. This article translates the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for mania into layman’s terms, useful for patients unfamiliar with the medical terminology. The article includes […]

New Article: Fluvoxamine Practical Guide

The Psychopharmacology Institute has published an essential guide for prescribers on the use of fluvoxamine. Below some key points. Check out the full guide for more details on using fluvoxamine in your practice: Fluvoxamine Practical Guide: Pharmacology, Indications, Dosing Guidelines, and Adverse Effects

New Article: Fluoxetine Pharmacology and Practical Prescribing Guide

A new fluoxetine prescribing guide has just been published at the Psychopharmacology Institute. This comprehensive article reviews the pharmacology, indications, dosing, side effects, and special considerations for using fluoxetine. Key points: Fluoxetine Practical Guide: Pharmacology, Indications, Dosing Guidelines and Adverse Effects

A Deep Dive into Citalopram and Escitalopram

The Psychopharmacology Institute has recently published a comprehensive article on citalopram and escitalopram. This article is a must-read for clinicians who want to deepen their understanding of these two commonly prescribed antidepressants. Some pearls extracted from the article: Here’s what you can expect to learn: Citalopram and Escitalopram: A Summary of Key Differences and Similarities

New videos: opioid receptors

Click here to view our latest video lecture on opioid receptors. This lecture discusses the following topics: General classification Cellular actions of opioid receptors Anatomical distribution and physiologic effects of mu, delta and kappa receptors Agonists and antagonists ORL-1 receptors Opioid receptors 

Cartoons on Big Pharma

An interesting set of cartoons to think about topics such as: medications costs, disease mongering, and the relationship between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.

Start your submissions: Grand Rounds will be hosted next week at Pharmamotion

  Pharmamotion will be hosting Grand Rounds next Tuesday. For those of you who are wondering what is this all about: Grand Rounds is the weekly collection of the best in online medical writing. Each week, a doctor, nurse, patient or healthcare professional hosts Grand Rounds and compiles links to noteworthy posts about medicine. If […]

Animation explaining the mechanism of action of antisense drug therapy.

This new therapeutic approach brings hope to the treatment of a wide range of diseases (mostly genetic). The animation below explains clearly the mode of action of antisense therapy by comparing it to the “classical” model of pharmacologic intervention. Antisense therapy definition, according to Wikipedia: Antisense therapy is a form of treatment for genetic disorders […]

Clinical cases reporting with reward system

Medical Case Reports sets a innovative approach to medicine 2.0. By using a blog platform, the administrator receives case reports from readers and the rest finds the clinical answer to the enigma. So far, this is not new at all, but what drawed my attention is the fact that users get rewards for their participation […]

SMC: Zoledronic acid (Aclasta) not recommended for treatment of osteoporosis in men

This is the advice published by the Scottish Medicines Consortium about the use of zoledronic acid for the treatment of osteoporosis in men. ADVICE: in the absence of a submission from the holder of the marketing authorisation. zoledronic acid 5mg (Aclasta┬«) is not recommended for use within NHSScotland for the treatment of osteoporosis in men […]

USMLE-like pharmacology quiz. Part 1: general principles

The following are multiple choice questions in a style similar to those included in the USMLE step 1. The main topic here is basic principles of pharmacology. This quiz has been uploaded to Scribd by medical student James Lamberg. The answers can be found in link at the end of this post. Note: the words […]

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