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Sedative hypnotic

Verónica Rubio González, Susana Redondo Martín, Gema Ruíz López Del Prado, Mª Fe Muñoz Moreno, Alexander Velázquez Miranda
OBJECTIVE: Household Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs shows the progressive increase in the consumption of hypnotics, alone or in combination with other substances. The aim of the research was to obtain information about the consumption of hypnotics and sedatives in population of Castilla y León treated in emergency medical services of four monitored hospitals between 2009-2013, describing clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the emergencies and what drugs were consumed, to provide information for future interventions...
October 24, 2016: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Todd M Bishop, Kelsey V Simons, Deborah A King, Wilfred R Pigeon
Whether as a standalone disorder or as a symptom associated with existing pathology, the prevalence of sleep disturbance increases with age. Older adults also experience a myriad of risk factors for suicide, including depression, and have elevated rates of suicide. There is now significant evidence linking sleep disturbances to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The use of pharmacologic means to treat insomnia (e.g., sedative hypnotics) is also commonplace among older cohorts and has been associated with suicide...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
H D Rashmi, H K Komala
BACKGROUND: The procedures in anesthesia such as laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation are the most important skills to be mastered by an anesthesiologist. However, they produce marked cardiovascular responses such as hypertension and tachycardia. Various drugs have been used to suppress this response. One of those is a novel centrally acting α2 agonist - dexmedetomidine. It has numerous uses in anesthesia as it is having sedative, analgesic, hypnotic, and opioid sparing effects. It is also known to suppress the hemodynamic response to laryngoscopy and intubation...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Nikolaj Hjort Schmidt, Kasper Hansen, Henrik Lauridsen, Annie Vesterby, Jens Randel Nyengaard, Alf Brubakk, Michael Pedersen
OBJECTIVE: The most common complications of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) are related to pressure changes on gas-containing cavities. Therefore, inability to auto-inflate the middle ear may result in transient or permanent hearing loss. However, it seems that middle ear barotrauma (MEBt) does not develop more often in mechanically ventilated patients than in ambulatory patients. This might be explained by deep sedation of these patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether anaesthesia and/or neuromuscular blockade can influence Eustachian tube (ET) function...
September 2016: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Ulrike Halsband, Thomas Gerhard Wolf
Visiting the dentist is often accompanied by apprehension or anxiety. People, who suffer from specific dental phobia, a disproportional fear of dental procedures show psychological and physiological symptoms which make dental treatments difficult or impossible. For such purposes, hypnosis is often used in dental practice as an alternative for a number of treatments adjuvant or instead of sedation or general anesthetic, as medication is often associated with risks and side effects. This is the first study to address the effects of a brief dental hypnosis on the fear processing structures of the brain in dental phobics using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
Yan Du, Li Du, Jie Cao, Christian Hölscher, Yongming Feng, Hongliang Su, Yujin Wang, Ke-Ming Yun
Levo-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP) is an alkaloid purified from the Chinese herbs Corydalis and Stephania and has been used in many traditional Chinese herbal preparations for its sedative, analgesic and hypnotic properties. Previous studies demonstrated that l-THP has antagonistic activity on dopamine receptors; thus, it may have potential therapeutic effects on drug abuse. However, whether l-THP affects ketamine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) remains unclear. Therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate the effects of l-THP on the rewarding behavior of ketamine through CPP...
October 3, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Robert Rosenheck, Somaia Mohamed, Robert Pietrzak, Rani Hoff
BACKGROUND: The pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is extremely challenging, as no specific agent has been developed exclusively to treat this disorder. Thus, there are growing concerns among the public, providers and consumers associated with its use as the efficacy of some agents is still in question. AIMS: We applied a dimensional and symptom cluster-based approach to better understand how the heterogeneous phenotypic presentation of PTSD may relate to the initiation of pharmacotherapy for PTSD initial episode...
September 2016: BJPsych Open
Ying-Xiu Dai, Mu-Hong Chen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Ming-Hwai Lin
(1) Background: Limited studies have utilized nationwide data to assess the patterns of psychiatric practice in other countries. In this study, data from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan (NHIRD-TW) for 2012 was analyzed to determine the patterns of psychiatric outpatient practice in Taiwan; (2) Methods: To determine the patterns of psychiatric outpatient practice in Taiwan, the data were drawn from the datasets of Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database for 2012, with 619,760 records of outpatient visits representing 1/500 of all the claims in Taiwan for that year...
2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Shachi Tyagi, Subashan Perera, Becky D Clarkson, Stasa D Tadic, Neil M Resnick
PURPOSE: Nocturia is common and bothersome in older adults especially those who are also incontinent. Since nocturnal polyuria (NP) is a major contributor, we examined factors associated with NP in this population to identify those possibly amenable to intervention. METHOD: We analyzed baseline data from two previously-completed studies of urge urinary incontinence (UUI). The studies involved 284 women (mean 72.9 ±7.9 years) who also completed 3-day voiding diaries...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Urology
Morteza Jabbary Moghaddam, Ali Barkhori, Alireza Mirkheshti, Morteza Hashemian, Seyed Amir Mohajerani
BACKGROUND: Post-thoracotomy pain syndrome (PTPS) is pain that recurs or persists along a thoracotomy incision for at least two months following surgery. Dexmedetomidine (dex) is an α-2 agonist that also has analgesic, sedative-hypnotic, and sympatholytic properties. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of pre-emptive dexmedetomidine on the incidence of PTPS in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This randomized clinical trial enrolled 104 candidates for elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and randomly assigned them to either a dex group or a control group...
June 2016: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Vahid Reza Askari, Vafa Baradaran Rahimi, Ahmad Ghorbani, Hassan Rakhshandeh
BACKGROUND: Sleep disorders are accompanied by several complications, and currently used soporific drugs can induce unwanted effects such as psychomotor impairment, tolerance, amnesia, and rebound insomnia. OBJECTIVES: The present study was carried out to investigate if Ocimum basilicum has a sleep-prolonging effect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This work was an experimental study on 72 mice which were randomly divided into 9 groups: saline (control); diazepam (3 mg/kg, positive control); hydro-alcoholic extract (HAE) of Ocimum basilicum (25, 50, or 100 mg/kg); ethyl acetate fraction (EAF, 50 mg/kg); n-butanol fraction (NBF, 50 mg/kg); water fraction (WF, 50 mg/kg); and saline containing 10% DMSO (vehicle for EAF and NBF)...
July 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Christopher N Kaufmann, Adam P Spira, Colin A Depp, Ramin Mojtabai
OBJECTIVES: To assess trends in continuing and new prescriptions for sedative-hypnotic medications, including benzodiazepines (BZDs) and non-BZD receptor agonists (nBZRAs). METHODS: Data came from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and comprised 287 288 randomly sampled patient visits. Physicians reported medications prescribed and whether they were "continuing" or "new" prescriptions. We assessed trends in continuing BZD, new BZD, continuing nBZRA, and new nBZRA prescriptions from 2005 to 2012...
November 2016: American Journal of Public Health
Zhihao Liu, Jiaqi Mi, Shuang Yang, Manman Zhao, Yan Li, Li Sheng
YZG-331 is a synthetic adenosine analogue which exhibits the sedative and hypnotic effects by binding to the adenosine receptor. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) on the intestine and brain distribution of YZG-331 in vitro and in vivo as well as related binding mechanisms. The activity of P-gp ATPase was both induced by YZG-331 and verapamil, a typical P-gp inhibitor, but affinity of YZG-331 for P-gp was lower than that of verapamil. The docking analyses further elucidated the binding relationship of YZG-331 and P-gp...
September 7, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Fatemeh Abdollahnejad, Mahmoud Mosaddegh, Sanaz Nasoohi, Javad Mirnajafi-Zadeh, Mohammad Kamalinejad, Mehrdad Faizi
In this study, we investigated the sedative and hypnotic effects of the aqueous extract of Aloe vera on rats. In order to evaluate the overall hypnotic effects of the Aloe vera extract, open field and loss of righting reflex tests were primarily used. The sedative and hypnotic effects of the extract were then confirmed by detection of remarkable raise in the total sleeping time through analysis of electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings of animals. Analysis of the EEG recordings showed that there is concomitant change in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and None Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep in parallel with the prolonged total sleeping time...
2016: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
Inas A Abdallah, Peng Huang, Jing Liu, David Y Lee, Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen, Hazem E Hassan
Levo-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP) is an alkaloid isolated from Chinese medicinal herbs of the Corydalis and Stephania genera. It has been used in China for more than 40 years mainly as an analgesic with sedative/hypnotic effects. Despite its extensive use, its metabolism has not been quantitatively studied, nor there a sensitive reliable bioanalytical method for its quantification simultaneously with its metabolites. As such, the objective of this study was to develop and validate a sensitive and selective HPLC method for simultaneous quantification of l-THP and its desmethyl metabolites l-corydalmine (l-CD) and l-corypalmine (l-CP) in rat plasma and brain tissues...
September 8, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Hannah G Lawman, Cheryl D Fryar, Qiuping Gu, Cynthia L Ogden
OBJECTIVE: Previous research has not investigated the role of prescription medication in sleep-obesity associations despite the fact that 56% of U.S. adults take at least one prescription medication. METHODS: Data from n = 16,622 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2007-2012) were used to examine how the association between obesity and self-reported sleep duration varied by total number of prescription medications used in the past 30 days and by select classes of prescription medications including anxiolytics/sedatives/hypnotics, antidepressants, sleep aids, anticonvulsants, thyroid agents, and metabolic agents...
October 2016: Obesity
Geethi Pamunuwa, D Nedra Karunaratne, Viduranga Y Waisundara
This review discusses the antidiabetic activities of Scoparia dulcis as well as its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in relation to the diabetes and its complications. Ethnomedical applications of the herb have been identified as treatment for jaundice, stomach problems, skin disease, fever, and kidney stones, reproductory issues, and piles. Evidence has been demonstrated through scientific studies as to the antidiabetic effects of crude extracts of S. dulcis as well as its bioactive constituents...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Mairead Eastin Moloney
The medicalisation of sleep is a rich and growing area of sociological interest. Previous research suggests that medicalisation is occurring within the context of physician office visits, but the inner workings remain unclear. This study is the first to provide perspectives on the office visit interaction from both sleepless patients (n = 27) and the physicians (n = 8) who treat them. Analyses of semi-structured qualitative interviews reveal that sleep-related conversations are typically patient-initiated in routine office visits...
September 4, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
Muluken Walle Birhanie, Bizuayehu Walle, Kidist Rebba
BACKGROUND: Myrtus communis has been suggested as a sleep aid in unconventional medicine. Moreover, previous studies have also indicated its sedative- and hypnotic-like activity. In this study, the hypnotic effect of M. communis was investigated. METHODS: Essential oil (EO) of M. communis (600, 800, and 1,000 mg/kg) was given orally to Swiss albino mice of both sex, and the hypnotic effect was evaluated. In addition, the EO of M. communis (500, 600, 800, and 1,000 mg/kg) was administered orally to Swiss albino mice of both sex 60 minutes prior to pentobarbital injection (50 mg/kg)...
2016: Nature and Science of Sleep
Esther Colell, Albert Sanchez-Niubo, Montse Ferrer, Antònia Domingo-Salvany
BACKGROUND: The results of several studies suggest that economy-related stressors are less distressing for women compared with men. This study proposed to examine the relationship of perceived job insecurity with the use of licit drugs using a theoretical model that considered antecedents and mediators of this association, in order to identify differences between working men and women. METHODS: Using information from the Catalan Health Survey (2010-2014), we selected working individuals aged 16-64 who were primary providers of household income (N=5315)...
August 1, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
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