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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457009/acneiform-rash-caused-by-an-unlikely-drug-topiramate
#1
Yesenia Bello-Hernández, Jessica Espinoza-Hernández, Gabriela Moreno-Coutiño
Topiramate is an antiepileptic drug that can also be used for migraine prophylaxis, weight control, and even for methamphetamine dependence; the dosage margin is wide, and the list of side effects is shorter than with other anticonvulsants. We present the case of a 35-year-old man with a disseminated rash of the trunk and extremities after treatment with 25 mg of topiramate daily as a prophylactic migraine treatment. This case report is useful, as this patient was not polymedicated and had a score of 7 on the Naranjo Adverse Drug Reaction Probability Scale...
January 2018: Skin Appendage Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453997/effects-of-para-methoxyamphetamine-pma-on-agonistic-encounters-between-male-mice
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Mercedes Martín-López, Ana T Muela, María Cavas, José Francisco Navarro
Para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) is a synthetic drug chemically similar to the recreational drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy") and often replaces MDMA in tablets that show an "ecstasy" logo. PMA displays a higher toxic potential than MDMA, but the behavioral profile of PMA has been scarcely studied in animal models. Here we evaluated the effects of PMA (2, 4, 8, and 12 mg/kg, i.p.) on agonist encounters between male mice using an ethopharmacological approach, the isolation-induced aggression model...
February 14, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453495/comparison-of-concentrations-of-drugs-between-blood-samples-with-and-without-fluoride-additive-important-findings-for-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-and-amphetamine
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Christopher Wiedfeld, Julia Krueger, Gisela Skopp, Frank Musshoff
Fluoride is a common stabilizing agent in forensic toxicology to avoid the frequent problem of degradation of drugs in blood samples especially described for cocaine. In cases only samples with addition of fluoride are available, it is a crucial question if also concentrations of common drugs other than cocaine (amphetamines, opiates and cannabinoids) are affected by fluoride. So far, there are only rare literature data available on discrepant results especially for Δ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In this study, comparative analysis of positive tested paired routine plasma/serum samples (n = 375), collected at the same time point (one device with and one without fluoride), was carried out with special focus on cannabinoids...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453444/positive-regulation-of-raphe-serotonin-neurons-by-serotonin-2b-receptors
#4
Arnauld Belmer, Emily Quentin, Silvina L Diaz, Bruno P Guiard, Sebastian P Fernandez, Stéphane Doly, Sophie M Banas, Pothitos M Pitychoutis, Imane Moutkine, Aude Muzerelle, Anna Tchenio, Anne Roumier, Manuel Mameli, Luc Maroteaux
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in many psychiatric diseases. In humans, a lack of 5-HT 2B receptors is associated with serotonin-dependent phenotypes, including impulsivity and suicidality. A lack of 5-HT 2B receptors in mice eliminates the effects of molecules that directly target serotonergic neurons including amphetamine derivative serotonin releasers, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants. In this work, we tested the hypothesis that 5-HT 2B receptors directly and positively regulate raphe serotonin neuron activity...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453037/profile-of-psychiatric-symptoms-in-methamphetamine-users-in-china-greater-risk-of-psychiatric-symptoms-with-a-longer-duration-of-use
#5
Jun Ma, Xin-Jun Sun, Ru-Jia Wang, Tong-Yu Wang, Meng-Fan Su, Mo-Xuan Liu, Su-Xia Li, Ying Han, Shi-Qiu Meng, Ping Wu, Jie Shi, Yan-Ping Bao, Lin Lu
Chronic methamphetamine (MA) use is associated with psychiatric symptoms. This study explored pattern of co-occurring psychiatric symptoms in MA users and their relationship to duration of MA use. A cross-sectional study was conducted among MA users at the Shenzhen Compulsory Drug Detoxification Center from April 2012 to October 2015. The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Scale, and Beck Depression Inventory were used to assess psychiatric symptoms. Among 1277 MA users, 57.6% participants had any type of psychiatric symptoms including depressive, anxiety and psychotic symptoms...
February 5, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452175/replacement-treatment-during-extinction-training-with-the-atypical-dopamine-uptake-inhibitor-jhw-007-reduces-relapse-to-methamphetamine-seeking
#6
Ashlea F Dassanayake, Juan J Canales
There are currently no approved medications to effectively counteract the effects of methamphetamine (METH), reduce its abuse and prolong abstinence from it. Data accumulated in recent years have shown that a range of N-substituted benztropine (BZT) analogues possesses psychopharmacological features consistent with those of a potential replacement or "substitute" treatment for stimulant addiction. On the other hand, the evidence that antidepressant therapy may effectively prevent relapse to stimulant seeking is controversial...
February 13, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452065/past-year-nonmedical-use-of-prescription-drugs-among-women-on-probation-and-parole-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Martin T Hall, Diana Ball, Jeanelle Sears, George E Higgins, T K Logan, Seana Golder
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug-related overdose deaths have increased dramatically in recent years. Women in the justice system experience high rates of drug use, victimization, trauma symptoms, and other health problems, and would appear to be at high risk for nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD). This study will be among the first to describe prevalence and correlates of NMUPD among this population. METHODS: This cross-sectional study collected data from 406 victimized women on probation and parole between 2010 and 2012...
February 16, 2018: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447954/the-inhibitory-effect-of-levo-tetrahydropalmatine-on-the-methamphetamine-induced-spatial-memory-impairment-in-mice
#8
Guofen Cao, Yongai Zhang, Li Zhu, Jie Zhu, Na Zhao, Nan Dong, Yonghui Dang, Yanjiong Chen, Teng Chen
Methamphetamine (METH) administration results in addiction and memory impairment. Previous studies have suggested that levo-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP), an alkaloid purified from the Chinese herb Corydalis, attenuates the behavioral changes induced by METH. Therefore, in this study, we explored whether l-THP could also protect against the METH-induced memory impairment examined using the Morris water maze (MWM). We found that low dose of METH (1.0 mg/kg) treated for 20 consecutive days prior to the MWM experiment impaired spatial memory retention but not acquisition in mice...
February 12, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445765/-in-vivo-observation-of-structural-changes-in-neocortical-catecholaminergic-projections-in-response-to-drugs-of-abuse
#9
Mai M Morimoto, Shinji Tanaka, Shunsuke Mizutani, Shinji Urata, Kazuto Kobayashi, Shigeo Okabe
Catecholaminergic (dopamine and norepinephrine) projections to the cortex play an important role in cognitive functions and dysfunctions including learning, addiction, and mental disorders. While dynamics of glutamatergic synapses have been well studied in such contexts, little is known regarding catecholaminergic projections, owing to lack of robust methods. Here we report a system to monitor catecholaminergic projections in vivo over the timeframes that such events occur. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression driven by tyrosine hydroxylase promoter in a transgenic mouse line enabled us to perform two-photon imaging of cortical catecholaminergic projections through a cranial window...
January 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444345/completed-suicide-among-methamphetamine-users-a-national-study
#10
Shane Darke, Sharlene Kaye, Johan Duflou, Julia Lappin
All Australian cases of methamphetamine-related suicide (2009-2015) retrieved from the National Coronial Information System were examined to determine crude mortality rates, characteristics and circumstances of death, and blood toxicology. There were 300 cases, 18.2% of all methamphetamine-related deaths, and 1.6% of all completed suicides. The mean age was 33.1 years, and 77.0% were male. The crude mortality rate was 1.9 per 10 6 , with males having a significantly higher rate than females (2.9 vs. 0.9 per 10 6 )...
February 14, 2018: Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441766/-identification-of-methamphetamine-abuse-and-selegiline-use%C3%AF-chiral-analysis-of-methamphetamine-and-amphetamine-in-urine
#11
P Xiang, J Bu, Z Qiao, X Y Zhuo, H J Wu, M Shen
OBJECTIVES: To study the content variation of selegiline and its metabolites in urine, and based on actual cases, to explore the feasibility for the identification of methamphetamine abuse and selegiline use by chiral analysis. METHODS: The urine samples were tested by chiral separation and LC-MS/MS method using CHIROBIOTIC™ V2 chiral liquid chromatography column. The chiral analysis of methamphetamine and amphetamine were performed on the urine samples from volunteers of selegiline use and drug addicts whom suspected taking selegiline...
December 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441405/neuroadaptations-in-the-dentate-gyrus-following-contextual-cued-reinstatement-of-methamphetamine-seeking
#12
Yoshio Takashima, McKenzie J Fannon, Melissa H Galinato, Noah L Steiner, Michelle An, Alice E Zemljic-Harpf, Sucharita S Somkuwar, Brian P Head, Chitra D Mandyam
Abstinence from unregulated methamphetamine self-administration increases hippocampal dependent, context-driven reinstatement of methamphetamine seeking. The current study tested the hypothesis that alterations in the functional properties of granule cell neurons (GCNs) in the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus in concert with altered expression of synaptic plasticity-related proteins and ultrastructural changes in the DG are associated with enhanced context-driven methamphetamine-seeking behavior. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in acute brain slices from methamphetamine naïve (controls) and methamphetamine experienced animals (during acute withdrawal, during abstinence, after extinction and after reinstatement)...
February 13, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440309/the-phosphodiesterase-2a-inhibitor-tak-915-ameliorates-cognitive-impairments-and-social-withdrawal-in-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-antagonist-induced-rat-models-of-schizophrenia
#13
Masato Nakashima, Haruka Imada, Eri Shiraishi, Yuki Ito, Noriko Suzuki, Maki Miyamoto, Takahiko Taniguchi, Hiroki Iwashita
The pathophysiology of schizophrenia has been associated with glutamatergic dysfunction. Modulation of the glutamatergic signaling pathway, including N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, can provide a new therapeutic target for schizophrenia. Phosphodiesterase 2A (PDE2A) is highly expressed in the forebrain, and is a dual substrate enzyme that hydrolyzes both cAMP and cGMP, which play pivotal roles as intracellular second messengers downstream of NMDA receptors. Here we characterize the in vivo pharmacological profile of a selective and brain penetrant PDE2A inhibitor, (N-{(1S)-1-[3-fluoro-4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl]-2-methoxyethyl}-7-methoxy-2-oxo-2,3-dihydropyrido[2,3-b]pyrazine-4(1H)-carboxamide) (TAK-915) as a novel treatment for schizophrenia...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432057/associations-between-sociodemographic-characteristics-and-sexual-risk-behaviors-among-methamphetamine-using-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#14
Cathy J Reback, Jesse B Fletcher, Dallas Swendeman
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men (MSM) exhibit elevated rates of HIV and STI prevalence, indicating increased engagement in sexual risk behaviors. OBJECTIVES: This analysis elucidates associations between participant sociodemographics (i.e., age, racial/ethnic identity, sexual identity, educational attainment, and HIV status) and sexual risk behaviors, particularly substance use before/during sex, and engagement in condomless anal intercourse (CAI) with casual, anonymous, and/or exchange male partners...
February 12, 2018: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429865/mental-health-drug-use-and-sexual-risk-behavior-among-gay-and-bisexual-men
#15
Garrett Prestage, Mohamed Hammoud, Fengyi Jin, Louisa Degenhardt, Adam Bourne, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Compared to the general population, among gay and bisexual men (GBM) prevalence rates of anxiety and depression, and of drug use, are high. OBJECTIVE: This paper explores the relationship between mental health, sexual risk behavior, and drug use among Australian GBM. We identify factors associated with indicators of poor mental health. METHODS: Between September 2014 and July 2017, 3017 GBM responded to measures of anxiety and depression in an online cohort study of drug use...
February 8, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429705/synthesis-of-novel-sonocatalyst-er3-yalo3-nb2o5-and-its-application-for-sonocatalytic-degradation-of-methamphetamine-hydrochloride
#16
Chunsheng Wei, Kuiyu Yi, Guangsheng Sun, Jun Wang
The composited sonocatalyst Er3+:YAlO3/Nb2O5 was prepared by ultrasonic dispersion and high temperature calcinations method. The microstructure of Er3+:YAlO3 was prepared via sol-gel method and Nb2O5 was prepared by hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectra and photoluminescence (PL) spectra, respectively. The sonocatalytic decomposition activity of composite sonocatalyst Er3+:YAlO3/Nb2O5 was investigated by using ultrasound as sound source and methamphetamine hydrochloride as the target degradation product...
April 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427922/psychotomimetic-like-behavioral-effects-of-memantine-in-the-mouse
#17
Nobue Kitanaka, Junichi Kitanaka, F Scott Hall, Yoshiro Kubota, Yumi Mimura, Sayaka Ogura, Yukiya Okada, George R Uhl, Motohiko Takemura
A single administration of mice with memantine (1-amino-3,5-dimethyladamantane), a glutamatergic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, induced stereotyped behaviors in dose- and time-dependent manners. The predominant behavioral component of the stereotypy was a continuous, exaggerated sniffing which was accompanied by persistent locomotion. In contrast, a psychostimulant methamphetamine (METH) predominantly induced a stereotyped biting and other forms of intense stationary stereotypical behaviors...
February 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427917/hiv-treatment-optimism-and-crystal-methamphetamine-use-and-initiation-among-hiv-negative-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-vancouver-canada-a-longitudinal-analysis
#18
Sean P Colyer, Nathan J Lachowsky, Zishan Cui, Julia Zhu, Heather L Armstrong, Matthew Taylor, Joshua Edward, Gbolahan Olarewaju, Robert S Hogg, Eric A Roth, David M Moore
BACKGROUND: Treatment as Prevention (TasP) leading to increased HIV treatment optimism among men who have sex with men (MSM) has been previously associated with behavioural risk compensation, though not yet via crystal methamphetamine (CM) use. Among HIV-negative MSM in a TasP environment, this study aimed to investigate the prevalence of recent CM use over time, examine the association between HIV treatment optimism and CM use and initiation, and identify correlates of recent CM use and predictors of CM initiation...
February 7, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427284/a-single-high-dose-of-methamphetamine-reduces-monoamines-and-impairs-egocentric-and-allocentric-learning-and-memory-in-adult-male-rats
#19
Arnold Gutierrez, Michael T Williams, Charles V Vorhees
Methamphetamine (MA) alters dopamine markers and cognitive function in heavy users. In rodents, there are MA dosing regimens that induce concordant effects using repeated administration at spaced intervals. These regimens are effective but complicate experiments designed to disentangle the effects of the drug on different brain regions in relation to their cognitive effects because of treatment spacing. In an effort to simplify the model, we tested whether a single dose of MA could induce the same monoamine and cognitive effects as multiple, spaced dosing without affecting survival...
February 9, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427069/new-scaffold-for-lead-compounds-to-treat-methamphetamine-use-disorders
#20
Na-Ra Lee, Guangrong Zheng, Peter A Crooks, Michael T Bardo, Linda P Dwoskin
Despite increased methamphetamine use worldwide, pharmacotherapies are not available to treat methamphetamine use disorder. The vesicular monoamine transporter-2 (VMAT2) is an important pharmacological target for discovery of treatments for methamphetamine use disorder. VMAT2 inhibition by the natural product, lobeline, reduced methamphetamine-evoked dopamine release, methamphetamine-induced hyperlocomotion, and methamphetamine self-administration in rats. Compared to lobeline, lobelane exhibited improved affinity and selectivity for VMAT2 over nicotinic acetylcholine receptors...
February 9, 2018: AAPS Journal
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