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Alka Bali, Renu Chadha, Gulshan Bansal
The present work relates to the development and validation of reversed-phase HPLC-UV-photodiode array methods for the estimation of two drugs in blood serum: dronedarone hydrochloride (DDN), a class III antiarrhythmic drug, and duloxetine hydrochloride (DLX), an antidepressant. Chromatographic analysis of DLX was carried out on a Nucleodur C18 column (250 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) using ammonium acetate buffer (32 mM, pH 5.5) and acetonitrile (40 + 60, v/v; flow rate of 1.0 mL/min; detection wavelength of 290 nm) as the mobile phase...
October 18, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
Hang Xu, Yu Zhang, Fan Zhang, San-Na Yuan, Feng Shao, Weiwen Wang
Early stress is a significant risk factor for the onset of mood disorders such as depression during adulthood. Impairments in cognitive flexibility mediated by prefrontal cortex (PFC) dysfunction are increasingly recognized as important etiological and pathological factors in the development of depression. Our previous study demonstrated that social defeat stress during early adolescence produced delayed deficits in cognitive flexibility in adult mice. The potential molecular mechanisms underlying these long-term consequences remain unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Peter Lam, Susan Lucak, Hanga Galfalvy, Elizabeth Jackson, Jane Fried, Melissa Rosario, Ana Alicia de la Cruz, Arturo Sánchez-Lacay, Samantha Díaz, Franklin Schneier
Major depressive disorder (MDD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) frequently co-occur, yet treating their comorbid presentation is challenging. Low-dose tricyclic antidepressants are efficacious for IBS, but higher doses to treat depressive symptoms present tolerability problems, whereas selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are more tolerable but show inconsistent efficacy for IBS. If efficacious, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors like duloxetine would provide a useful alternative. We explored efficacy, tolerability, and time to onset of action of duloxetine in comorbid IBS-MDD in an open-label, 12-week trial...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Lei-Fang Cao, Xiao-Yan Peng, Ya Huang, Bing Wang, Feng-Ming Zhou, Ruo-Xiao Cheng, Li-Hua Chen, Wei-Feng Luo, Tong Liu
In the present study, we investigated whether restoring descending noradrenergic inhibitory tone can attenuate pain in a PD rat model, which was established by stereotaxic infusion of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into the bilateral striatum (CPu). PD rats developed thermal and mechanical hypersensitivity at the 4th week after surgery. HPLC analysis showed that NE content, but not dopamine or 5-HT, significantly decreased in lumbar spinal cord in PD rats. Additional noradrenergic depletion by injection of N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP-4) aggravated pain hypersensitivity in PD rats...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Fátima Evelin Acuña Ortiz, Victoria Alejandra Capitán de la Cruz, Franco Ernesto León Jiménez
OBJECTIVE: Knowledge about fibromyalgia in general practitioners in the province of Chiclayo, Peru, 2016. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross sectional descriptive study. Non-probability sampling, census type. In all, 145 physicians were evaluated through a questionnaire of 14 questions, validated by experts and a pilot. The analysis was performed using STATA v. 13. RESULTS: Accuracy in questions involving diagnosis was 41.1% and in questions about treatment: 65%; 75...
October 11, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
Rajashree Madabushi, Anil Agarwal, Saipriya Tewari, Sujeet K S Gautam, Sandeep Khuba
Wolff Parkinson White (WPW) syndrome is a condition in which there is an aberrant conduction pathway between the atria and ventricles, resulting in tachycardia. A 42-year-old patient, who was treated for WPW syndrome previously, presented with chronic somatic pain. With her cardiac condition in mind, she was thoroughly worked up for a recurrence of disease. As part of routine screening of all patients at our pain clinic, she was found to have severe depression as per the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) criteria...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Pain
Janne Gierthmühlen, Ralf Baron
Diagnosing neuropathic pain and distinguishing it from nociceptive pain can be challenging, but is essential because both forms of pain require different treatment strategies. The diagnosis of neuropathic pain is primarily based on clinical findings. Therefore, a careful, focused history and an examination of the signs characteristic of neuropathic pain are crucial. Imaging techniques and electrophysiological examinations, as well as punch skin biopsy can support the clinical diagnosis. Ideally, treatment should be individualized using a mechanism-based approach...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
M Kątny, M Frankowski
Analytical methods should be selective and fast. In modern times, scientists strive to meet the criteria of green chemistry, so they choose analytical procedures that are as short as possible and use the least toxic solvents. It is quite obvious that the products intended for human consumption should be characterized as completely as possible. The safety of a drug is dependent mainly on the impurities that it contains. High pressure liquid chromatography and ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography have been proposed as the main techniques for forced degradation and impurity profiling...
September 29, 2016: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
Bradley K Taylor, Karin N Westlund
Central noradrenergic centers such as the locus coeruleus (LC) are traditionally viewed as pain inhibitory; however, complex interactions among brainstem pathways and their receptors modulate both inhibition and facilitation of pain. In addition to the well-described role of descending pontospinal pathways that inhibit spinal nociceptive transmission, an emerging body of research now indicates that noradrenergic neurons in the LC and their terminals in the dorsal reticular nucleus (DRt), medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), spinal dorsal horn, and spinal trigeminal nucleus caudalis participate in the development and maintenance of allodynia and hyperalgesia after nerve injury...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Sheena Derry, Malene Cording, Philip J Wiffen, Simon Law, Tudor Phillips, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: This review updates part of an earlier Cochrane review on 'Pregabalin for acute and chronic pain in adults' (Moore 2009), and considers only fibromyalgia pain.Antiepileptic drugs have been used in pain management since the 1960s. Pregabalin is an antiepileptic drug also used in management of chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. Pain response with pregabalin is associated with major benefits for other symptoms, and improved quality of life and function in people with chronic painful conditions...
September 29, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Cátia Jesus, Inês Jesus, Mark Agius
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) also called degenerative joint disease is the most common chronic condition of the joints that just in 2004, caused moderate to severe disability in 43.4 million of people. OA in Western populations is one of the most frequent causes of joint pain, loss of function and disability in adults. In the U.S. it is the second most common cause of work disability in men over 50 years of age, following ischaemic heart disease, and accounts for a higher number of hospitalizations when compared with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) each year...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Janneke G J Hoeijmakers, Catharina G Faber, Carien J Miedema, Ingemar S J Merkies, Johan S H Vles
Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a debilitating condition that often leads to pain and autonomic dysfunction. In the last few decades, SFN has been gaining more attention, particularly in adults. However, literature about SFN in children remains limited. The present article reports the cases of 2 adolescent girls diagnosed with SFN. The first patient (14 years of age) complained about painful itch and tingling in her legs, as well as dysautonomia symptoms for years. She also reported a red/purple-type discoloration of her legs aggravated by warmth and standing, compatible with erythromelalgia...
September 22, 2016: Pediatrics
Xiaosong Zhang, Qi Wang, Yan Wang, Jingmin Hu, Han Jiang, Wenwen Cheng, Yuchao Ma, Mengxi Liu, Anji Sun, Xinxin Zhang, Xiaobai Li
Stress during pregnancy may cause neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. However, the mechanisms are largely unknown. Currently, pro-inflammatory cytokines have been identified as a risk factor for depression and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, there is very little research on the long-term effects of prenatal stress on the neuroinflammatory system of offspring. Moreover, the relationship between antidepressant treatment and cytokines in the central nervous system, especially in the hippocampus, an important emotion modulation center, is unclear...
September 13, 2016: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Louise K Refsgaard, Kia Haubro, Darryl S Pickering, Sarah A Stuart, Emma S J Robinson, Jesper T Andreasen
RATIONALE: Affective biases seemingly play a crucial role for the onset and development of depression. Acute treatment with monoamine-based antidepressants positively influences emotional processing, and an early correction of biases likely results in repeated positive experiences that ultimately lead to improved mood. OBJECTIVES: Using two conventional antidepressants, sertraline and duloxetine, we aimed to forward the characterization of a newly developed affective bias test (ABT) for rats...
October 2016: Psychopharmacology
Shannon Hughes, David Cohen, Rebekah Johnson
BACKGROUND: Actual assessment methods for identifying adverse events (AEs) in clinical trials have received less scrutiny than underreporting of AEs. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether AE assessment has changed over time for three psychotropic drugs with turbulent histories of safety concerns since their U.S. approval. METHODS: From industry-funded published trials of atomoxetine, duloxetine, and olanzapine retrieved from PubMed for 1996-2004 (n = 33) and 2009-2014 (n = 40), verbatim AE assessment and numbers of words describing efficacy and safety assessment were extracted...
August 22, 2016: International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine
Anja Løvvik, Stig Müller, Hitendra R H Patel
Urinary incontinence is a common and debilitating problem, and post-prostatectomy incontinence (PPI) is becoming an increasing problem, with a higher risk among elderly men. Current treatment options for PPI include pelvic floor muscle exercises and surgery. Conservative treatment has disputable effects, and surgical treatment is expensive, is not always effective, and may have complications. This article describes the prevalence and causes of PPI and the current treatment methods. We conducted a search of the PUBMED database and reviewed the current literature on novel medical treatments of PPI, with special focus on the aging man...
August 2016: Drugs & Aging
Kuan-Ling Kuo, Diana Brixner, Arthur G Lipman, Michael Goodman, Man Hung, Gary M Oderda
This study compared patient characteristics and health care costs between newly treated diabetic painful neuropathy (DPN) patients receiving mono- pharmacotherapy and those receiving combination pharmacotherapy. A retrospective cohort was developed through Inovalon's Medical Outcomes Research for Effectiveness and Economics Registry (MORE2) database. Patients included were ≥18 years on the date of first DPN prescription: tricyclic antidepressant, opioids, duloxetine, gabapentin, pregabalin, or lidocaine. The authors conducted a simple proportional hazards model comparing times to discontinuation, switch, or addon...
September 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Nathalie Zappella, François Perier, Fernando Pico, Catherine Palette, Alexandre Muret, Sybille Merceron, Andrei Girbovan, Fabien Marquion, Stephane Legriel
BACKGROUND: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) has well-established links with several drugs. Whether a link also exists with serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor such as duloxetine is unclear. METHODS: We report on a patient who developed PRES with a coma and myoclonus related to hypertensive encephalopathy a few days after starting duloxetine treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed and catecholamine metabolites assayed. RESULTS: The patient achieved a full recovery after aggressive antihypertensive therapy and intravenous anticonvulsant therapy...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Midhun K Roy, Abaedha Susan Kuriakose, Sujith K Varma, Lejo A Jacob, N Jeena Beegum
AIM: The study was designed for comparing the efficacy and cost effectiveness of Pregabalin and Duloxetine used in Diabetic Neuropathic Pain. METHODS: The prospective interventional 6 month study was conducted in a diabetic clinic of a 500 bedded tertiary care hospital in South India. The subjects having diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy and not treated with Pregabalin and Duloxetine or any other drugs of its class were selected. The data were collected using NPS and Neuro QoL questionnaires...
July 27, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
Matthew J Snyder, Lawrence M Gibbs, Tammy J Lindsay
Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy occurs in approximately 25% of patients with diabetes mellitus who are treated in the office setting and significantly affects quality of life. It typically causes burning pain, paresthesias, and numbness in a stocking-glove pattern that progresses proximally from the feet and hands. Clinicians should carefully consider the patient's goals and functional status and potential adverse effects of medication when choosing a treatment for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy...
August 1, 2016: American Family Physician
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