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  •  Doctors and scientists in one thread! (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't intend to hijack the thread but I have a question I would like to ask.  Why are psychotropic drugs not administered by patch or pump?  It sure would help me out if they could be, and it seems like such a good solution for non-compliance in mental illness patients.  Does anyone know why?

    "Do you want to tumble? Let's tumble." Stephen Colbert

    by tobendaro on Fri Jul 21, 2006 at 05:50:40 AM PDT

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      naltrexone is an opiate antagonist which is used to help opiate(heroin, oxycontin) addicts stay off the drugs.  I can't find the link, but while researching for Rush Limbaugh's latest drug fiasco I did find a reference to an implanted delivery system(not approved in the USofA) meant to overcome medication noncompliance.  Perhaps a surgical implant isn't what you had in mind but hey, if it works....

      We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

      by Fabian on Fri Jul 21, 2006 at 06:05:02 AM PDT

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    •  I suspect that another reason is that (0+ / 0-)

      drugs for mental illness are frequently adjusted.  It is much easier to get a new box of pills or take one more or one less, than to adjust a pump.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

      by ohwilleke on Fri Jul 21, 2006 at 01:31:07 PM PDT

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