Are Depression and Anxiety Meds OK During Pregnancy?

SOURCES: Mary Kimmel, MD, assistant professor and medical director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.” National Library of Medicine: “Generalized anxiety disorder: course and risk factors in pregnancy,” “Detecting Patterns of Prescription Drug Use During Pregnancy and Lactation with Visualization … Read more

What Happens When You Stop Taking MS Meds?

SOURCES: Barbara Giesser, MD, neurologist, MS specialist, Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA. Gabriel Pardo, MD, director, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, Oklahoma City. National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Adherence.”  Multiple Sclerosis Trust (U.K.): “When Can You Safely Stop Taking Disease Modifying Drugs?” Journal of … Read more

LGBTQ Adults Often Miss Out on Cholesterol Meds

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults are less likely to take cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent heart disease than heterosexual adults, even though they have a higher heart disease risk, according to a new study. Researchers conducted an online survey of more … Read more

Psoriasis Meds Don’t Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19

By Cara Roberts Murez HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Researchers in the United Kingdom have reassuring news for people with psoriasis based on the first analysis of a global registry of COVID-19 patients who also have the skin disease. Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs … Read more

Many Seniors With Heart Failure Take 10-plus Meds

By Cara Roberts Murez HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — When older people hospitalized for heart failure are sent home, they are often given a whopping 10 medications to take for a variety of conditions. But is this “polypharmacy” practice necessary, or does it just place a bigger … Read more

Some Psoriasis Meds May Also Help Prevent Heart Disease

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Biologic therapy for the skin condition psoriasis may reduce patients’ risk of heart disease, new research suggests. Chronic inflammation in people with psoriasis is associated with the development of plaque in heart arteries, which increases the risk of coronary artery disease. In biologic therapy, patients receive protein-based … Read more

Blood Pressure Meds Can Affect COVID-19 Care

Overall, having a history of high blood pressure increased a person’s risk of kidney injury about fivefold, the Italian study found. A third study digging deeper into this phenomenon found that common blood pressure meds were associated with an increased risk of death among COVID-19 patients. The researchers tracked 172 people hospitalized for … Read more

Blood Pressure Meds Don’t Raise Risk of Depression

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If you have hypertension and you’re depressed, don’t blame your blood pressure drugs. Although previous research hinted there might be a connection between high blood pressure medications and depression, a new study of dozens of commonly used drugs found no such link. In … Read more

BP Meds Could Improve Survival in COVID Patients

By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In the largest such study yet, researchers have found that two classes of common blood pressure medications seem tied to better survival against COVID-19. The U.K. findings should allay any worry that the two types of mediations — angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) … Read more