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Should women get the same dosage of medicine as men?

The fact is clear, female biology is markedly different from that of men. A woman’s size, weight, hormonal differences, and even body fat can affect women’s reactions to any given medication. “Because women have a more ample storage of body fat than men, any medication that is 'fat soluble' will be distributed differently in a woman. This impacts several medications used in psychiatry,” says Philip Muskin, MD, professor of psychiatry at Columbia Medical Center in New York City. “Because of sex differences, women should take only half as much of certain sleep medications.” 

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