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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138205/opium-withdrawal-delirium-two-case-reports
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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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
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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
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738374/investigation-of-cyp2d6-gene-polymorphisms-in-turkish-population
#15
Bayram Taskin, Ferda E Percin, Mehmet Ali Ergun
Pharmacogenetics is interested in the variable response to drugs depending on the genetic constitution of an individual. Depending on the genetic variation in individuals known as polymorphism; leads to differences in the types of proteins, enzymes or receptors that play a role in the elimination of drugs. Investigation of the correlation between the genotype with phenotype changes in drug metabolism is among the most important topics of today. CYP2D6 gene polymorphisms show clinical efficiency in the use of especially antidepressants, neuroleptics, antiarrhythmic, antihypertensive, beta blocker, and morphine derivatives...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738373/a-prospective-surveillance-of-pharmacovigilance-of-psychotropic-medicines-in-a-developing-country
#16
Jisha Myalil Lucca, Madhan Ramesh, Gurumurthy Parthasarathi, Dushad Ram
AIMS/OBJECTIVES: Psychotropic drugs are associated with significant short-term and long-term safety issues which may affect patients' mental health, physical health and cost of care. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS: This was a prospective study conducted in psychiatry department of a tertiary care hospital. Study included patients of any age and either sex who presented with psychiatric illness as diagnosed by ICD-10 and were receiving at least one psychotropic agent. The study involved both intensive and spontaneous reporting methods to identify ADRs...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738372/paliperidone-palmitate-treatment-in-outpatient-care-setting-a-naturalistic-study
#17
Rosaria Di Lorenzo, Michela Cameli, Marisa Bolondi, Giulia Landi, Valentina Moretti, Chiara Piemonte, Gabriella Pollutri
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate paliperidone palmitate (PP) effectiveness, safety and adherence to treatment. METHODS: We collected data of all patients (n = 50) affected by Schizophrenia Disorders, treated with PP for a 3 month minimum period in the outpatient setting of Mental Health Department in Modena, from 01/01/2014 to 31/01/2015. We evaluated reasons and modality for PP implementation, improvement in symptom and functioning scales, adverse effects, discontinuations and relapses...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738371/sexual-pain-among-malaysian-women-receiving-antidepressant-a-comparison-between-escitalopram-and-fluoxetine
#18
Hatta Sidi, Duni Asmidar, Loh Huai Seng, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Marhani Midi, Ng Chong Guan
OBJECTIVES: The current study compares the risk of sexual pain in depressed female patients in remission between those who were treated with Escitalopram and Fluoxetine. The associated factors were also examined. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study involved 112 depressed female patients (56 treated with Escitalopram and 56 treated with Fluoxetine) who were in remission (as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV) in the past 2 months and Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score of ≤ 10) from the psychiatric clinic, University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC)...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738370/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-pilot-study-of-quetiapine-xr-monotherapy-or-adjunctive-therapy-to-antidepressant-in-acute-major-depressive-disorder-with-current-generalized-anxiety-disorder
#19
Ranran Li, Renrong Wu, Jun Chen, David E Kemp, Ming Ren, Carla Conroy, Philip Chan, Mary Beth Serrano, Stephen J Ganocy, Joseph R Calabrese, Keming Gao
OBJECTIVES: To pilot efficacy and safety data of quetiapine-XR monotherapy or adjunctive therapy to antidepressant(s) in the acute treatment of MDD with current generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). METHODS: The Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview was used to ascertain the diagnosis of DSM-IV Axis I disorders. Eligible patients were randomly assigned to quetiapine-XR or placebo for up to 8 weeks. Changes from baseline to endpoint in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale-17 items (HAMD-17), Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S), Quick Inventory of Depression Symptomatology-16 items Self-Report (QIDS-16-SR) total scores, and other outcome measures were analyzed with the last observation carried forward strategy and/or mixed-effects modeling for repeated measures...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738369/roland-kuhn-100th-birthday-of-an-innovator-of-clinical-psychopharmacology
#20
REVIEW
Holger Steinberg, Hubertus Himmerich
On the occasion of his 100th birthday this letter is to pay tribute to Swiss psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Roland Kuhn (1912-2005), who established the antidepressant effects of imipramine starting in 1956. Since until now only monoaminergic-based antidepressants such as this substance found their way into psychopharmacological therapy, one can say that Kuhn established the lead antidepressant substance and has hence fundamentally changed clinical psychiatry and care for the mentally ill.
February 15, 2012: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
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