Could repurposing drugs alleviate mental illness?
Prescribing off-label is well-entrenched in clinical practice — think atypical antipsychotics for insomnia and antidepressants for back pain.
While authorities may frown on this practice, there’s no argument that both experimentation and serendipitous observations have, in some cases, advanced medicine.
A recent example is the realisation that a meningococcal B vaccine cross-protects against gonorrhoea, sparking renewed research on a vaccine against the STI.
And now there’s an intriguing discovery about the impact on mental health of