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Why are antidepressants the most prescribed drug in the U.S.?

Doctors are prescribing more antidepressant drugs than ever. What does this trend suggest? Are these drugs being overprescribed, or are patients simply more comfortable with confiding in doctors about depression?

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  • 10 Types of Heart Drugs
    10 Types of Heart Drugs

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of people in the United States. A diagnosis of heart disease doesn't spell out certain doom, however. Exercise and a healthy diet are one way to fight it, and fortunately, nowdays there are many safe and effective drug treatments as well. See more »

  • Aspirin 101
    Aspirin 101

    Feel a bit of a headache coming on? Muscle aches from yesterday's workout too distracting? Arthritis making that knitting project a pain? Discover how aspirin and other analgesics dull the pain and find out what else they're good for. See more »

  • Can Tamiflu cause psychiatric side effects?
    Can Tamiflu cause psychiatric side effects?

    Following more than 200 reports of strange behavior in minors taking Tamiflu, including 15 deaths, the FDA has made an addition to the drug's warning label. See more »

  • Cipro Overview
    Cipro Overview

    The threat of anthrax as a biological weapon has become a real concern for everyone. Ciprofloxacin is a drug used to treat people exposed to anthrax. Learn how this medicine works against the anthrax bacteria. See more »

  • Cymbalta: What You Need to Know
    Cymbalta: What You Need to Know

    Depression is tough. It affects your mood, your relationships -- and your body. For some people, depression is also a source of physical pain. That's where Cymbalta comes in. See more »

  • Diet Pills: What You Need to Know
    Diet Pills: What You Need to Know

    Lose 30 pounds in 30 days with no diet or exercise! Sound too good to be true? It is: Most diet-pill promises have no real scientific backing. Learn the truth about diet drugs and what they can really deliver. See more »

  • Diuretics 101
    Diuretics 101

    Diuretics are used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Learn about diuretics in this article and find out what conditions diuretics can treat. See more »

  • Generic Drugs
    Generic Drugs

    About half of all prescriptions are filled with a generic equivalent of a brand-name drug. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients, safety and effectiveness as brand-name medications, but are they really just as good? And why are they so much cheaper than brand-name drugs? See more »

  • Heart Failure Medication
    Heart Failure Medication

    Among people over 65 years of age who are admitted to the hospital, heart failure is the most common diagnosis. And because the American population is aging, the number of heart failure diagnoses is increasing every year. Heart failure medication may be able to help. See more »

  • How can a diet pill make you feel full?
    How can a diet pill make you feel full?

    A new diet pill is in the works that suppresses your appetite differently from most diet pills. Find out how an expanding diet pill can make you feel full. See more »

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