If this doesn't say something about our mental health overall, I don't know what does. I'm not sure how so many people can be convinced that these drugs are the best way to treat mental illness, and high cholesterol. Perhaps people have simply given up, and are willing to take whatever insurance will buy for them. Letting insurance determine what is best for your health is probably not a great plan.
The overuse of pharmaceutical medications is dangerous. These meds overwhelm our natural internal balance, and reduce our ability to make intentional changes that will help us. And taking six or more Rx medications is guaranteed to impair your cognitive function. We can't ALL be psychotic. There are better ways to regain our balance than to take little pills every day. I do not mean that you should suddenly go cold turkey on your meds. But I DO mean that you ought to take some responsibility for understanding and remembering who you are, how you feel, and what makes you feel better or worse. Eating well and getting some exercise may do for you what no drug can.
From Medscape today:
The cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin (Crestor, AstraZeneca) was the nation's most prescribed drug over the course of last 12 months, through September, whereas the antipsychotic aripiprazole (Abilify, Otsuka Pharmaceutical) racked up the highest sales — almost $6.4 billion, according to a new report from research firm IMS Health on the top 100 selling drugs in the United States.
New prescriptions and refills of rosuvastatin totalled 23.7 million, edging out the hypothyroid medication levothyroxine (Synthroid, AbbVie) at 23.4 million scripts. Similar to several other drugs in the top 100 list for prescription volume, rosuvastatin also did well in sales, ranking fifth, with $5.3 billion in sales for the 12-month period. In contrast, levothyroxine ranked 52nd in sales despite being heavily prescribed.
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