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Your Last Prescription Might Just Be a Guess

Doctors like the ability to prescribe medications "off-label." That's when a doctor gives you, say, an anti-epilepsy drug to treat your tinnitus. It's not necessarily approved by the government for that particular use, but it's legal, and as long as it works, you're happy.

But what if they don't really work? When researchers examined 106,850 antidepressant prescriptions over a 12-year-period, they determined that 44 percent of those off-label prescriptions were for uses that have not been extensively studied in the drug itself or other drugs in that class. Only 16 percent of off-label prescriptions were backed up by solid science, although in another 40 percent of prescriptions, a…

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