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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626273/combined-antipsychotics-and-electroconvulsive-therapy-in-an-acutely-psychotic-patient-with-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia
#1
Ruth Rayikanti, Iga Lentowicz, Badari Birur, Li Li
Treatment of patients with Treatment-resistant Schizophrenia (TRS), who fail to respond to multiple antipsychotic trials, including clozapine (CLZ), is challenging. Several alternative strategies are reported in studies, one of which includes augmenting antipsychotics (AP) with Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). We discuss a case of an acutely psychotic patient with TRS who responded effectively and sustained remission to this strategy which was ECT combined with two AP, CLZ and aripiprazole. Notable improvement in clinical and cognitive outcomes was seen with just five right unilateral ECT sessions, CLZ titrated up to 62...
May 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626272/aripiprazole-induced-asymptomatic-hypertension-a-case-report
#2
Hilal Seven, Medine Giynaş Ayhan, Ayşe Kürkcü, Süleyman Özbek, İbrahim Eren
Aripiprazole is a second generation antipsychotic widely prescribed for the treatment of psychiatric diseases. It is generally known that antipsychotics have hypotensive effects. In this case report, however, we present the case of a medically healthy patient with schizophrenia who developed hypertension (HT) after the initiation of aripiprazole. The patient's blood pressure returned to normal after discontinuation of aripiprazole, suggesting that aripiprazole may have led to asymptomatic acute HT.
May 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626271/long-acting-injectable-paliperidone-palmitate-a-review-of-efficacy-and-safety
#3
Matthew T Morris, Sandip P Tarpada
OBJECTIVE: Summarize and synthesize the current literature regarding long-acting injectable paliperidone palmitate for the treatment of schizophrenia. METHODS: A literature search of PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science was conducted in February 2016, using the following search terms in varying permutations: schizophrenia; antipsychotic medication; long-acting injectable; paliperidone palmitate; 3-monthly injectable. RESULTS: Once-monthly injectable paliperidone palmitate (PDP) has demonstrated comparable efficacy as 1st-generation long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIAs) in reducing disease severity and re-hospitalizations in schizophrenic patients...
May 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626270/impact-of-a-student-pharmacist-driven-medication-reconciliation-and-antidepressant-treatment-history-project-at-a-depression-clinic-a-pilot-study
#4
Stella S Tang, Leanna Jaward, Kristen Ward, Sagar V Parikh, Jolene R Bostwick
OBJECTIVES: To improve treatment of patients with depression, a new pilot service project involving student pharmacists who would conduct medication reconciliation and review of antidepressant treatment history was created and evaluated. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A prospective study conducted at the University of Michigan Depression Center. PRINCIPAL OBSERVATIONS: From an initial sample of 78 referrals, 41 subjects were reached by phone, with 34 completing medication reconciliation and antidepressant treatment history...
May 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626269/the-addition-of-amphetamine-to-potentially-sedating-medication-regimens-an-exploratory-investigation-of-the-impact-upon-reaction-time-and-sustained-attention
#5
James W Price
OBJECTIVES: The addition of amphetamine to a sedating medication may reduce sedation but does it augment reaction time and sustained attention for workers? The purpose of this exploratory study was gain insight into between group differences that would assist hypothesis formation for a subsequent hypothesis testing study. METHODS: This study examined psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) performance for a group taking potentially sedating medications (opiates, benzodiazepines, anticholinergics, barbiturates or polypharmacy) while taking amphetamine to a group not taking amphetamine...
May 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626268/sex-differences-in-antipsychotic-related-metabolic-functioning-in-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders
#6
A Zarina Kraal, Kristen M Ward, Vicki L Ellingrod
The adverse metabolic risks associated with second generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are well known, and likely contribute to the high rate of premature mortality due to cardiovascular disease in schizophrenia. Female schizophrenia patients appear to be diagnosed with metabolic diseases at higher rates than males, which may reflect disparate adverse responses to SGAs. However, the relationship between sex, metabolic risk, and drug use is less developed. We aimed to explore this relationship further by identifying rates of metabolic disease in community dwelling schizophrenia patients by sex and SGA risk...
May 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138205/opium-withdrawal-delirium-two-case-reports
#7
Ravi C Sharma, Ramesh Kumar, Dinesh Dutt Sharma, Pankaj Kanwar
Two patients with opium dependence developed delirium during abstinence. The delirium resolved completely within 48-58 hours of appropriate treatment. Caution needs to be exercised during opioid detoxification in timely detecting and treating potentially life-threatening condition like delirium.
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138204/a-case-of-olanzapine-induced-fever
#8
Cho-Hsiang Yang, Ying-Yeh Chen
Olanzapine, a frequently used second-generation antipsychotic, has rarely been implicated as a cause of drug-induced fever in the absence of neuroleptic malignant syndrome. We describe a patient who developed isolated fever following olanzapine monotherapy, which subsided after discontinuation of olanzapine. Blockade of dopaminergic receptors and elevated cytokines concentration are possible mechanisms of fever development during treatment with olanzapine. This case calls for attention to olanzapine-induced fever in clinical practice...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138203/reversible-encephalopathy-due-to-valproic-acid-induced-hyperammonemia-in-a-patient-with-bipolar-i-disorder-a-cautionary-report
#9
Neel Patel, Katherine B Landry, Rachel E Fargason, Badari Birur
Valproic acid (VPA) is an FDA-approved medication widely prescribed for seizures, migraines, and mixed or manic episodes in bipolar disorder. Hyperammonemia is a rare complication of VPA use, which can result in high morbidity and occasionally fatal encephalopathy. The scant literature on Valproate Induced Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy (VIHE) is characterized by acute onset of decreasing level of consciousness, drowsiness, lethargy which in rare instances can lead to seizures, stupor, coma, and persistent morbidity and cortical damage...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138202/treating-an-adolescent-with-long-qt-syndrome-for-bipolar-disorder-a-case-presentation
#10
Özlem Önen, Ayşe Kutlu, Handan Özek Erkuran
OBJECTIVES: Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is described as the development of sudden syncope attacks or death as a result of ventricular tachycardia (VT) episodes that might be observed as elongated QT interval in electrocardiography (ECG). Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is recommended as first-line treatment for the condition in guidelines. We aimed to present an adolescent recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD) who had LQTS that was treated with ICD, discussing her follow up and treatment along with relevant literature...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138201/asenapine-for-the-control-of-physical-aggression-a-prospective-naturalist-pilot-study
#11
Jin Shi Amon, Sarah B Johnson, Rif S El-Mallakh
It has been previously purported that higher relative affinity to the dopamine D4 receptor compared to D2 (i.e., D4/D2 affinity ratio > 1) may underlie unique antiaggression potency. Asenapine is a newer antipsychotic that also has D4/D2 affinity ratio > 1. It has demonstrated efficacy in reducing acute agitation in a placebo-controlled study. We performed a prospective naturalistic, pilot, proof of concept study on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Among patients with aggression at time of admission (≥ 12 on Refined Aggression Questionnaire [RAQ], or ≥ 2 on Modified Overt Aggression Scale [MOAS]), asenapine treatment was associated with a significant reduction in total aggression as measured by the MOAS (-14...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138200/a-review-of-psychopharmacological-interventions-post-disaster-to-prevent-psychiatric-sequelae
#12
REVIEW
Badari Birur, Suresh Bada Math, Rachel E Fargason
BACKGROUND: Disasters are mega-scale catastrophic events which cause trauma and mental health sequelae. A review of early pharmacological interventions for the prevention of psychiatric disorders following disasters is sorely needed. METHODS: A literature search of "Psychiatric Sequelae AND Disasters", "Disaster mental health/Disaster psychiatry", "Psychotropics AND Disasters", and "Drug therapy AND Disasters" yielded 213 articles, 38 of which were included in the review...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738382/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-after-lamotrigine-use-in-pregnancy-a-retrospective-analysis-from-an-urban-maternal-mental-health-centre-in-new-zealand
#13
Chandni Prakash, Susan Hatters-Friedman, Charmian Moller-Olsen, Abigail North
INTRODUCTION: Pregnancy is a vulnerable period for recurrence of bipolar disorder. Discontinuation of mood stabilisers during pregnancy and the postpartum period can significantly increase the risk of recurrence of bipolar disorder. Lamotrigine is an anti-epileptic drug that has been approved for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. Epilepsy literature has indicated that lamotrigine has a reassuring safety profile in pregnancy but there is little information on its effectiveness and safety in pregnant women with mental disorders...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738381/valproic-acid-and-hepatic-steatosis-a-possible-link-about-a-case-report
#14
Leila Mnif, Rim Sellami, Jawaher Masmoudi
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid is a mood-stabilizing anticonvulsant. Hepatic injuries are among the occasionally observed adverse effects of this medication. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 47-year-old man who had bipolar disorder for ten years and treated with valproic acid. He demonstrated elevated serum aminotransferases and ultrasonography revealed that hepatomegaly was suggestive of hepatic steatosis. CONCLUSION: This case report stresses the importance of a complete drug history and the need for clinicians to be aware of the delayed onset of hepatic injuries...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738380/treatment-resistant-depression-with-loss-of-antidepressant-response-rapid-acting-antidepressant-action-of-dextromethorphan-a-possible-treatment-bridging-molecule
#15
Edward C Lauterbach
Dextromethorphan (DM) may have ketamine-like rapid-acting, treatment-resistant, and conventional antidepressant effects.(1,2) This reports our initial experience with DM in unipolar Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). A patient with treatment-resistant MDD (failing adequate trials of citalopram and vortioxetine) with loss of antidepressant response (to fluoxetine and bupropion) twice experienced a rapid-acting antidepressant effect within 48 hours of DM administration and lasting 7 days, sustained up to 20 days with daily administration, then gradually developing labile loss of antidepressant response over the ensuing 7 days...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738379/effects-of-discontinuation-of-paliperidone-long-acting-injectable-after-switching-from-risperidone-long-acting-injectable-switching
#16
Takafumi Watanabe, Atsurou Yamada
BACKGROUND: Risperidone long-acting injection (RLAI) is increasingly being switched to paliperidone palmitate (PP) because of several benefits. However, this switching is not always successful. METHODS: We examined patient profiles following discontinuation of PP after switching from RLAI. We collected the electronic records of 24 patients with schizophrenia who had switched from RLAI to PP treatment at our hospital between November 2013 and March 2014. Twelve patients continued PP injection for over 1 year (PP-continuers), the other 12 patients discontinued within 1 year (PP-discontinuers), and both groups were followed up until December 31, 2014...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738378/treatment-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-children-and-adolescents
#17
Melissa DeFilippis, Karen Dineen Wagner
Autism spectrum disorder is a diagnosis that includes significant social communication deficits/delays along with restricted patterns of interests and behaviors. The prevalence of this diagnosis has increased over the past few decades, and it is unclear whether this is solely attributable to the increased awareness of milder forms of the disorder among medical providers. The current treatment options for the core symptoms of autism are limited to psychosocial therapies, such as applied behavior analysis. Medications have been most effective in treating the associated behavioral symptoms of autism, though studies have examined potential benefits in some of the core symptoms of autism with certain medications, especially the repetitive behaviors often seen with this diagnosis...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738377/an-open-label-pilot-study-of-adjunctive-asenapine-for-the-treatment-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#18
Patricia Pilkinton, Carlos Berry, Seth Norrholm, Al Bartolucci, Badari Birur, Lori L Davis
OBJECTIVE: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) remain the first-line treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, adjunctive atypical antipsychotics are often used to target residual or refractory symptoms. Asenapine is a novel atypical antipsychotic that possesses a high serotonin (5-HT2A) to dopamine (D2) affinity ratio and alpha-adrenergic antagonism, which may be advantageous in treating PTSD. This pilot study aimed to identify the therapeutic potential of asenapine as an adjunctive treatment for PTSD...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738376/paroxetine-the-antidepressant-from-hell-probably-not-but-caution-required
#19
REVIEW
Robert M Nevels, Samuel T Gontkovsky, Bryman E Williams
Paroxetine, also known by the trade names Aropax, Paxil, Pexeva, Seroxat, Sereupin and Brisdelle, was first marketed in the U.S. in 1992. Effective for major depression and various anxiety disorders, it quickly gained a sizable share of the antidepressant prescription market. By the late 1990s, paroxetine frequently was being associated with serious drug interactions and medication side effects. Most significantly, in a major Canadian epidemiological study examining the relationship between antidepressants and diseases, paroxetine was associated with a 620 percent increase in the rate of breast cancer in women who had taken it over a four-year period...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738375/ziprasidone-augmentation-in-an-adolescent-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-a-case-report
#20
Sevcan Karakoç Demirkaya, Behiye Alyanak
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are widely used to treat OCD, only half of the patients respond well. Several potentiation strategies including off-label use of antipsychotics (mostly risperidone, quetiapine) have been tried. Ziprasidone is an atypical antipsychotic with the best affinity ratio of 5 HT 2A/D2 and 5HT2C/D2 receptors. There is a limited data on ziprasidone in pediatric groups...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
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