New Study Shows Antipsychotics Overused

Atypical antipsychotic medications were first approved to treat schizophrenia, but they are increasingly being prescribed uses -- even when there is little to no evidence that they work.

The drugs are being used to treat conditions like bipolar disorder, depression and autism. But the majority of these prescriptions are based on flimsy evidence. And the drugs are not harmless -- they can cause weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

"... [A]ntipsychotic use for indications that lacked Food and Drug Administration approval more than doubled to 9 million prescriptions in 2008 from 4.4 million prescriptions 1995, representing about $6 billion in spending nationwide."

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