Normal aging is no disease. The individual lifestyle may be responsible for a large fraction of the so-called ‘age-related’ changes. An increasing number of healthy individuals make use of ‘lifestyle’ drugs, such as nootropics, psychopharmaca, hormones and ecodrugs. In this respect, the fact that many people try to improve their outer appearance, to solve their ‘cosmetic problems’, to influence their rate of hair growth and to altogether delay, halt or even reverse the natural aging process has become a relevant matter for the practising doctor. Lifestyle drugs are taken in an attempt to increase personal life quality by means of attaining a certain psychosocially defined medical or beauty ideal, rather than to manage a medically identifiable, well-defined disease. Often, patients suffering from somatoform disorders such as hypochondriac disorders, body dysmorphic disorders, somatization disorders or persistent somatoform pain disorders may spontaneously ask physicians to prescribe them lifestyle drugs. Also, when ‘healthy’ people demand a lifestyle drug, possible side effects and contraindications must be taken into consideration and ruled out.

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