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Can Wearing a Depression Patch Be Hazardous To Your Health?

A proposed depression "patch," another strange way to treat this harmful condition (but not as insane as placing a pacemaker in your brain), currently being considered by the FDA may come with a black box warning if it's approved.

Drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Somerset Pharmaceuticals are hoping to avoid the label for Emsam, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the form of a depression patch to be marketed to treat difficult cases of depression by psychiatrists rather than doctors.

The drug already merits strong warnings about the heart disease risks attached to its use from eating heavily processed foods such as dairy products and smoked meats that contain tyramine.

The dispute stems from companies balking at a black box warning for Emsam in its lowest "effective" dose: 20 mg.

Fact is, you don't need a potentially toxic drug to treat your depression safely and effectively, if you're willing to make some simple lifestyle modifications.

MSNBC October 25, 2005

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