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Doctors and prescriptions?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by fusionfirefblae, May 26, 2015.

  1. I'm wondering why two doctors would both prescribe/reccomend Seroquel to help someone sleep when that's not what the drug is for. This question is wondering about incentive. Is there some incentive, some bonus plan, something doctors get if they prescribe one drug over another ? From the drug companies, I mean.
  2. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    Doctors prescribing drugs are just advertisements for the drug industry business. I think it has become more about money and power rather than helping others become well, they don't really care that much, so it's good to be independent and decide whether you want to use a drug or not. I really don't recommend "mental" illnesses drugs, but if it's for a physical purpose that has been proven empirically, and done a research on it and found that it's good enough, then I don't see why you wouldn't use it. You don't need to trust your doctor always, they're just there for the money mostly and its a sad fact how our society has been shaped.
  3. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    It's possible that the doctor is getting a kick back, but, if two doctors both recommended the same therapy, there is probably a medical reason for it. . Often times medications that are strictly used as a sleep aid carry a risk of dependency, or could interact with other kinds of medications you may be taking.. I was prescribed a blood pressure medication for nightmares that i was having, and it worked wonderfully. If you are not comfortable with a medication that is prescribed, always ask the doctor as many questions as you need to until you are comfortable with it and/or don't take it!
  4. kianthras

    kianthras Member

    It may not necessarily be that the doctor is taking kickbacks as much as it is a less expensive drug than what they would normally prescribe, with similar effects. For instance, Viagra was initially prescribed for erectile dysfunction, but is also a cheaper alternative to treat pulmonary hypertension. While some doctors do take kickbacks and what not, if more that one is recommending it, there is likely a very good reason for it.
  5. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    The drug probably has a side effect of making you sleep. Doctors that don't have their own practice are told to give the cheapest medicine as possible, that will help your problem and will not hurt you. These HMOs really suck. Have you noticed how doctors now have a computer in every room? These computers tell them all the prices, and they have to take an extensive 3-week class to "learn" what to prescribe. Gotta love America!
  6. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    No there is not incentive from the drug companies. It makes no difference on the doctors paycheck what drug they prescribe and there is no incentive. Many times drugs can be used for more than one thing and the general public is not aware that many drugs have more than one use.
  7. karebear07

    karebear07 Active Contributor

    The doctors are legally not allowed to take any incentives from drug reps. It is against the law and heavily enforced. The reason they my be using this drug is because of research and other things that showed its effectiveness. You can always ask the doctor why they are prescribing seroquel to you! It is rather odd. Do you have a history of schizophrenia? You do realize that seroquel has side effects. Have you tried other things to help with your sleep? Example: how is your sleeping hygenine? Do you use bed for other things such as work, using your laptop (if so, do not. only use it for when you are sleepy). Do you come on your bed more than 1 hour before you are sleepy? Only go to your be when you are sleepy. Do you take caffeine after 5pm?
  8. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Yes, it has been proven that some doctors receive kickbacks to prescribe one companies drugs over another, but what you are talking about is off label uses. All drugs have side affects, and sometimes they are useful ones. Think Viagra- it was not intended for use as a male aid. I won't take any drug unless I am absolutely convinced that I need it, and nothing else has worked. Too many "new" drugs have been pulled off the market as being dangerous.


    @karebear07- Yes, it's very illegal. But that doesn't stop them from doing it when they can. It's not the type of crime that can be easily pinpointed.
  9. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    It could be the case for some doctors but most probably not for all. It is right that some medicines might be an alternative for other illnesses as well. Some doctors might have some brands or specific medicines that they do promote cause they have benefits from the company.
  10. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Don't take it, I was given seroquel by a psychiatrist a long time ago, but I never took that crap, because I did check the side effects it might have on my body. This medication can cause cataracts, plus other nasty things (can't remember what else right now, because all my attention was on the cataracts part), so just don't.

    By the way, sometimes medications originally created for a specific ailment can be used for others, like for example spironolactone. This drug main function was supposed to be a diuretic, but after some years now we know it can be used to lower androgens, so this is why this drug is used by a lot transgender women, as well as by people who suffers from AGA (women mostly). The downside is that this medication does cause cancer, in many studies they have observed this medication does cause tumors, mostly in the liver. Some cases of breast cancer in men have also been reported.

    Another drug that is used for a different use other than the originally intended is diane 35, it's a birth control pill, but is often used to treat PCOS and acne.

    And so on and so on... so it's not so weird, but there are better options if what you want is getting a sleeping aid. MUCH better choices. And yes, some doctors do get an incentive if they prescribe a medication over another, but it depends on the work and moral ethics of said doctor. But many times the doctor is a careless idiot who doesn't even know what he is prescribing and is too lazy to check the side effects of x med. They don't know it all, they can't remember every med's side effects either.
  11. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I reckon it could be due to the medicine being cheaper or trying to market it out there and see if the medicine will be popular or not and see what people think of them. It may be due to the doctor being told to give this medicine to patients, and receiving money on the side which is unreported since no one sees the money pass hands. Doctors may receive discounts, if they sell the medicine from the company so may prescribe the medication to see if it works.