[originally published in KCN, November 2010]
Every day in the practice of medicine doctors prescribe their patients “off label” medications. And while some might confuse the term “off label” with “generic,” it really is quite different. In fact, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, as many as one-fifth of all drugs are prescribed off label.
Basically, what this means is that the doctor has found a use for the medication other than its “on label,” or intended, purpose. Examples of this include antiseizure medications to treat migraines, antidepressants to treat certain types of pain, and antianxiety medications to treat nausea. A classic example of off label drug use is that of Rogaine. Many are unaware that Rogaine is actually a blood pressure medication — a blood pressure medication that doctors (and their patients) soon found had an interesting side effect: hair growth in balding men.
As common as the practice of off label prescribing is in medicine, it’s my contention that something very similar is practiced in chiropractic. And while “off label chiropractic” isn’t actually a term… it should be. (more…)