Diagnosis Versus Prescription

Did you ever wonder why your physician prescribed a certain medication for your condition? According to the September 11, 2010 Johns Hopkins Health Alerts, some prescription medications are approved by the FDA for one condition but prescribed for other medical conditions. This is called "Off-Label Prescribing". Johns Hopkins sites as an example, Neurontin (Gabapentin-generic) which was approved by the FDA for epileptic seizures and for post-shingles pain but is often prescribed for back pain, diabetic neuropathy, restless leg syndrome and other conditions. Another commonly prescribed medication is Klonopin (Clonazepam-generic) which was approved by the FDA for seizure disorder but is frequently prescribed for panic attacks and anxiety disorders and with other medications for mania, acute psychosis and restless leg syndrome. For more information about your medications, their purpose and side effects, you should consult with your physician. Social Security will request a list of your medications, the condition for which the medication is used to treat and the medication side effects. The medications will be requested in disability reports at the application level, the reconsideration appeal level and the hearings appeal level.

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