San Francisco, CA – Iodine.com, the crowd-sourced medication review site founded by former Wired editor Thomas Goetz and former Google engineer Matt Mohebbi, is recruiting participants for a study on the effects of antidepressants. The really interesting part: The results will tell the participants if their individual drugs are working.
The project is called Iodine Timeline. For one month, each participant answers email surveys about mood, appetite, sleep and weight gain. Then, they get meaningful peer context in a personalized report that helps them understand how their drug is working compared to the hundreds of thousands of other participants.
Iodine wants to ultimately be able to set expectations about when particular antidepressants can be expected to kick in as well as the severity and frequency of side effects.
Goetz and team are hoping the social platform can bring some scale to our understanding of antidepressants. More than 30 million Americans take them, they say, but the largest study conducted to-date included just 4,041 people.