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Could Vitamin B3 Help Treat Psychotic Disorders Better than Drugs?

Could Vitamin B3 Help Treat Psychotic Disorders Better than Drugs?

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  • In recent years, there has been a massive increase in off-label use of atypical antipsychotics. While most are only approved for the treatment of serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, this class of drugs is now increasingly prescribed for ailments such as anxiety, insomnia, and behavioral problems in children
  • Off-label prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs doubled between 1995 and 2008, from 4.4 million to 9 million prescriptions. In 2008, an estimated $6 billion was spent on off-label antipsychotics in the US, of which $5.4 billion was for uses based on uncertain evidence
  • In 2007 alone, half a million children and teenagers were given at least one prescription for an antipsychotic, including 20,500 under the age of 6. American children are the most medicated children in the world; getting three times more prescriptions for antidepressants and stimulants, and up to double the amount of antipsychotic drugs than kids from Germany and the Netherlands
  • The dubious diagnosis of “pediatric bipolar disorder” has fueled the use of antipsychotic drugs in young children. Last year, the Harvard psychiatrists who invented the pediatric bipolar diagnosis a decade ago were disciplined for conflicts of interest after it came to light they’d received millions of dollars in undeclared drug company monies. The investigation also unearthed evidence of commercially-driven corruption of the research produced by these psychiatrists
  • Tragically, many of these dangerous medications may be completely unnecessary, as safely and inexpensively correcting a simple vitamin B3 deficiency may produce dramatic improvements in many with psychotic disorders

By Dr. Mercola

A growing trend of drug misuse is alarming medical experts, policymakers, and patient advocates.

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