Depression

Depression hurts and you CAN do something about it

When you or a loved one have been diagnosed with depression, LIFE CHANGES—you are now a PATIENT. You’re juggling prescription medicines and medical tests while worrying about drug safety, side effects, costs, FDA recalls and potentially harmful drug interactions while taking care of your family.

Did you know that more than 100,000 people die EVERY YEAR from misusing medicines or from the medicines themselves? It's a startling fact. I’ll try to help you navigate through the conflicting medical news, the latest cancer treatments, stroke and heart attack recovery options and the essential, yet the ever-changing world of prescription drugs! Almost every day, the FDA requires yet another label change on a widely used medicine. For example, see the Small Dose listing of heartburn medicines (proton pump inhibitors) and serious diarrhea.

I'm Dr. James Rybacki, and I've written Medicines and Your Family and more than a decade of editions of The Essential Guide to Medical News and The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs to help keep you and your family safe! To make things simpler, I have a new Amazon author page where you can see electronic versions of my books, find out about upcoming radio and TV interviews and much more. You don't even need a Kindle...just download the free reader. Click here: http://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Rybacki/e/B000APKNZM

Remember--the best colleague any doctor can have is a more fully informed patient and family. Stand up, and take control of your health and put the best medicines to work. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, and nurse if you are concerned about possible side effects and ask what the treatment benefits should be and when you might expect to see them. Always understand the balance of benefits and risks. Taking ownership of your depression and working with your doctor to find the best antidepressant for you makes great sense. Take care of yourself!

James J. Rybacki, Pharm.D.

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