How to taper off your antidepressant

Discontinuing an antidepressant usually involves reducing your dose in increments. Your clinician can instruct you in tapering your dose and   prescribe the appropriate dosage pills. Here are suggested dosage reductions for some of the most popular antidepressants. More »

Going off antidepressants

People who have been taking antidepressants for some time may wish to stop taking them due to unpleasant side effects such as sexual changes (decreased desire and difficulty having an orgasm), headache, insomnia, drowsiness, vivid dreaming, or just not feeling. This can be accomplished, but it is best to taper the dosage slowly and be aware of withdrawal symptoms, that can include depression and anxiety. More »

How to release a frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder (also called adhesive capsulitis) is a common disorder that causes pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder. It is caused by an injury or inflammation, which limits movement and causes the tissue around the joint to thicken and contract. Physical therapy will aim to restore flexibility to the joint capsule, then to strengthen it. (Locked) More »

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken-heart syndrome)

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called broken-heart syndrome, is a weakening of the left ventricle that is usually the result of severe stress. Its symptoms resemble those of a heart attack, and treatment is usually the same as that for heart failure, possibly beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics (water pills). More »

In the journals: Early palliative care extends life in lung cancer study

Palliative care is pain relief and other measures taken to help patients cope with the physical and psychosocial effects of serious illness and difficult treatments like chemotherapy. A study of lung cancer patients found that those who received early palliative care along with standard medical care lived longer and felt their quality of life was better than those receiving only standard medical care. (Locked) More »