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Sunday, July 10, 2011

drug companies should be allowed to develop enhancement drugs without having to specify an illness to treat

Use of the drug Adderall by students without diagnoses is so common as to make many students feel pressure to take Adderall just so their Adderall-using peers don't have an edge on them. Modafinil is much safer and more effective than Adderall by the way.

This article argues that drug companies should be allowed to develop enhancement drugs without having to specify an illness to treat: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7178/full/451520b.html

This article in the New York Times reports that Prozac improves stroke recovery, leading me to wonder if drugs developed for performance enhancement instead of illnesses could later be found therapeutic for pathologies: http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=814733&f=28&sub=Sunday

Prozac is an SSRI which means it increases how fast the brain burns through serotonin1. I think this is dangerous because it could eventually result in a serotonin shortage resulting in murder or suicide. It also increases synaptic serotonin which can cause serotonin syndrome: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004531/

I favor over SSRIs the BDNF-based anti-depressants being developed. Notice that the body of this article* says that researchers observed that increasing BDNF levels had an anti-depressant effect but doesn't mention any drug other than the one that was used to increase BDNF levels. Of course, it would truly be a monotherapy only if they didn't notice its administration (even if they thought it was a placebo) - this is not to say that placebo-controlled studies don't work in discerning what is caused only by the placebo effect; I'm just saying that any kind of attention affects brain chemistry.

1http://episin.blogspot.com/2011/07/depression-anti-depressants-and-tardive.html
2http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-06-drug-boosts-growth-factor-jump-start.html

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