More potent than SSRIs Scientists develop two new drug candidates that could treat addiction and depression

Brain mental health boost concept

Scientists have developed two new drug candidates, inspired by a traditional African psychedelic medicinal plant called ibogaine, that can potentially treat addiction and depression in mice by targeting the serotonin transporter. These compounds mimic the desirable effects of ibogaine without its side effects, and more testing is underway to explore their therapeutic potential. The targeted … Read more

Antibiotic shortages could worsen the syphilis epidemic

In an undated image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis.  (NIAID via The New York Times)

In an undated image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. (NIAID via The New York Times) A new shortage of a type of penicillin crucial for fighting syphilis is alarming infectious disease experts, who warn that a prolonged shortage of the drug could worsen the … Read more

Antibiotic shortages could worsen the syphilis epidemic

In an undated image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis.  (NIAID via The New York Times)

In an undated image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. (NIAID via The New York Times) A new shortage of a type of penicillin crucial for fighting syphilis is alarming infectious disease experts, who warn that a prolonged shortage of the drug could worsen the … Read more

“Nature’s Ozempic” has a rather gross side effect

Berberine Natures Ozempic.jpg - Credit: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY Matthew Cooley.  PHOTOGRAPHS USED IN ILLUSTRATION FROM Adobe Stock;  Getty

Berberine Natures Ozempic.jpg – Credit: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY Matthew Cooley. PHOTOGRAPHS USED IN ILLUSTRATION FROM Adobe Stock; Getty On social media, The supposed wonder drug that’s on everyone’s lips at the moment is Ozempic, the drug created to treat type 2 diabetes that’s now being used as a weight-loss treatment. But with access to Ozempic … Read more

What to know about the drug price fight in those TV commercials

What to know about the drug price fight in those TV commercials

Pharmacy benefit managers are intermediaries who work with drug companies and insurers, helping set retail prices for the prescription drugs Americans rely on for their health. They are now the subject of a series of new bills in Congress. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption toggle caption on/off Robert F. Bukaty/AP Pharmacy benefit managers are intermediaries … Read more

‘It allowed her to feel at ease’: Fear that dying patients could face greater suffering due to drug shortages

Jodi Adams said her daughter Cosette was able to die painlessly after receiving the drug.

Doctors fear dying patients could face more pain and suffering due to an anticipated shortage of a type of morphine. A drug called Order, a liquid form of the opioid used to treat severe pain, is expected to be stopped in Australia. It is given to people dying of cancer and suffering from other life-limiting … Read more

1 chart shows why you should care about the silent epidemic of ‘tranq’ street drug deaths

The image shows a teal syringe in front of a black background.  The tip of the needle has a drop of liquid hanging down.

Cris Cantu/Getty Images A new report from the CDC shows that there has been a 276% increase of xylazine in opioid overdoses. Xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer, is increasingly being added to street drugs to create a euphoric effect. The CDC recommends using xylazine test strips to check street drugs for contamination before use. Xylazine, also … Read more

Antidepressants May Cause ‘Chemical Castration’

From Maryanne Demasi Reports: ÔÇťAntidepressants can cause serious, sometimes irreversible sexual dysfunction that persists even after treatment is stopped. Sufferers have described it as chemical castration, a type of genital mutilation caused by antidepressants, mainly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The condition is known as post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD), a largely unrecognized condition and whose … Read more