Dr Oz: Antidepressants Prescribed Too Often
Dr. Oz and Dr. Drew Pinskey are revealing the truth about antidepressants, how they are being prescribed far too often and how a new study has shown that antidepressants work about as well as a placebo does, maybe worse.
Dr Oz: Is Off-Label Use Of a Prescription Legal?
What percentage of women taking antidepressants do you think do not have depression? Dr. Oz said 75 percent of women on antidepressants are taking the medication for other reasons. This is called off-label use and it is legal to use medications for other purposes but is it moral? Dr. Drew said he never pushes medications on patients and he said his father, who was a family practitioner, taught Dr. Drew to only give medications to patients when the risks are warranted. He said he believes medications can cause more problems sometimes, making him very cautious about prescribing medications, especially antidepressants.
Dr. Drew also said he thinks it is everyones’ fault that antidepressants are being overprescribed. He said doctors need to be allowed more time with patients so they can properly diagnose the patient before handing them a prescription and sending them on their way.
Dr Oz: Antidepressants Used For Insomnia
Dr. Oz said there are a lot of reasons women are taking antidepressants and none of the reasons are depression. Many woman are using antidepressants for off-label uses and it could be harming them. In a Dr. Oz poll, he found that 72 percent of women on antidepressants were not given any type of medical workup before being prescribed. The bottom line is that the underlying problems need to be taken care of before the depression goes away, meaning it is imperative the doctor takes his time examining the patient properly.
Check out some of the off-label uses for antidepressants below:
- Insomnia – Dr. Oz says there is no evidence to support antidepressants work to treat insomnia.
- Migraines – There is poor evidence to support antidepressants improve migraine symptoms.
- Weight Loss – There is no evidence to support the use of antidepressants.
Dr. Oz: Celiac Disease Symptoms Mimic Depression?
Dr. Oz said there are a lot of common medical conditions that have the same symptoms as depression. He said doctors are misdiagnosing depression when the patient may have one of the following diseases:
- Celiac disease
- Low thyroid function
A member of Dr. Oz’s audience shared her personal experience of being prescribed an antidepressant after she saw her doctor for a heart palpitation. She said the antidepressants made her heart palpitations worse and she suffered from several side effects. She said she was never given the option of any other prescription or treatment.
Dr. Daniel Amen said this doctor was not treating his patient with informed consent. He did not allow her to make her own informed decision.
In the end, the woman said she stopped taking the medication and she has since felt better. She said the worst side effect from taking the antidepressant is that doctors treat her differently because of the drugs she was prescribed in the past, which Dr. Oz pointed out could cause some problems with the insurance company.