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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457627/combination-pharmacotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-fibromyalgia-in-adults
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REVIEW
Joelle Thorpe, Bonnie Shum, R Andrew Moore, Philip J Wiffen, Ian Gilron
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a chronic widespread pain condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Current pharmacotherapies are often ineffective and poorly tolerated. Combining different agents could provide superior pain relief and possibly also fewer side effects. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of combination pharmacotherapy compared to monotherapy or placebo, or both, for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain in adults. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and Embase to September 2017...
February 19, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456094/association-among-opioid-use-treatment-preferences-and-perceptions-of-physician-treatment-recommendations-in-patients-with-neck-and-back-pain
#2
William B Weeks, Christine M Goertz, Cynthia R Long, William C Meeker, Dennis M Marchiori
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between self-reported use of opioids by patients with neck and back pain and their demographics, pain characteristics, treatment preferences, and recollections of their physicians' opinions regarding treatment options. METHODS: We analyzed 2017 Gallup Poll survey data from 1680 US adults who had substantial spine pain in the past year and used logistic regression to explore the aforementioned relationships...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453006/illicit-and-prescription-drug-misuse-as-reported-to-the-maine-diversion-alert-program
#3
Brian J Piper, Michael J Suarez, John P Piserchio, Dipam T Shah, Olapeju M Simoyan, Kenneth L McCall, Clare E Desrosiers, Stephanie D Nichols
BACKGROUND: The opioid epidemic is rapidly evolving and new tools are needed to combat drug abuse. The Maine Diversion Alert Program (DAP) is an informational resource that facilitates communication about drug arrests between the criminal justice and healthcare fields. The objectives of this report were to: (1) describe the illegal and prescription pharmaceuticals reported to the DAP; (2) determine if the drugs implicated in arrests changed from the first to latter half of 2016; (3) identify the demographic and other characteristics of arrestees; and (4) outline the strengths and limitations of the DAP for other areas considering implementing similar programs...
February 6, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451672/predictors-of-persistent-prescription-opioid-analgesic-use-among-people-without-cancer-in-australia
#4
Samanta Lalic, Natasa Gisev, J Simon Bell, Maarit Jaana Korhonen, Jenni Ilomäki
AIMS: To identify patterns of opioid analgesic use and determine predictors of persistent opioid use among people without cancer. METHODS: A population-based cohort study of Australians initiating prescription opioids from July 2013 to December 2015 was conducted using data from a random 10% sample of people who accessed medicines through Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. A 12-month look-back period was used to define opioid initiation, exclude people with cancer, and determine comorbidities...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450954/initiation-and-long-term-use-of-benzodiazepines-and-z-drugs-in-bipolar-disorder
#5
Louise Wingård, Heidi Taipale, Johan Reutfors, Anna Westerlund, Robert Bodén, Jari Tiihonen, Antti Tanskanen, Morten Andersen
OBJECTIVES: Increasing evidence points to the harmful effects of long-term benzodiazepine treatment. Our objective was to study the incidence of, and predictors for, long-term use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in bipolar disorder. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study, using data from Swedish national registers. Swedish residents aged 18-75 years with a recorded diagnosis of bipolar disorder or mania between July 2006 and December 2012, and no history of benzodiazepine/Z-drug use in the past year, were included...
February 16, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449869/off-label-prescription-of-psychiatric-drugs-by-non-psychiatrist-physicians-in-three-general-hospitals-in-germany
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Caroline Lücke, Jürgen M Gschossmann, Teja W Grömer, Sebastian Moeller, Charlotte E Schneider, Aikaterini Zikidi, Alexandra Philipsen, Helge H O Müller
Background: Off-label prescribing of psychoactive drugs is a common practice in psychiatry. Here, we sought to investigate the frequency of off-label prescribing in a population of hospitalized patients with a somatic illness who were also suffering from a psychiatric pathology. Methods: Using a prospective, observational design, we collected data from 982 hospitalized patients with a somatic illness for whom a psychiatric consultation was requested because of the presence of additional psychiatric symptoms...
2018: Annals of General Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449106/hair-analysis-in-toxicological-investigation-of-drug-facilitated-crimes-in-denmark-over-a-8-year-period
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Xin Wang, Sys Stybe Johansen, Marie Katrine Klose Nielsen, Kristian Linnet
Hair can serve as a specimen for identifying past drug exposure. Segmental hair analysis may differentiate a single exposure from chronic use. Consequently, segmental hair analysis is useful for disclosing a single drug ingestion, as well as for determining repeated exposures in drug-facilitated crimes (DFCs). This paper presents an overview of toxicological investigations that have used hair analysis in DFC cases from 2009 to 2016 in Denmark. Hair concentrations were determined for 24 DFC-related drugs and metabolites, including benzodiazepines and other hypnotics, antihistamines, opioid analgesics, antipsychotics, barbiturates, and illicit drugs from DFC cases...
February 5, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445281/suicidal-drug-overdose-following-stroke-in-elderly-patients-a-retrospective-population-based-cohort-study
#8
Chun-Hung Chang, Shaw-Ji Chen, Chieh-Yu Liu, Hsin-Chi Tsai
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence and risk of suicidal drug overdose (SDO) after stroke in older patients. Methods: We enrolled patients aged 60-99 years who were diagnosed with new-onset stroke between 2002 and 2013 and age-, sex-, and index-year-matched controls who did not have stroke. Patients with a history of SDO before enrollment were excluded. Both groups were observed until December 31, 2013. The primary end point was the occurrence of newly diagnosed SDO...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442611/relative-toxicity-of-benzodiazepines-and-hypnotics-commonly-used-for-self-poisoning-an-epidemiological-study-of-fatal-toxicity-and-case-fatality
#9
Galit Geulayov, Anne Ferrey, Deborah Casey, Claudia Wells, Alice Fuller, Clare Bankhead, David Gunnell, Caroline Clements, Navneet Kapur, Jennifer Ness, Keith Waters, Keith Hawton
The relative toxicity of anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs commonly used for self-poisoning was assessed using data on suicides, prescriptions and non-fatal self-poisonings in England, 2005-2012. Data on suicide by self-poisoning were obtained from the Office for National Statistics, information on intentional non-fatal self-poisoning was derived from the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England and data on prescriptions in general practice from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. We used two indices of relative toxicity: fatal toxicity (the number of fatal self-poisonings relative to the number of individuals prescribed each drug) and case fatality (the number of fatal relative to non-fatal self-poisonings)...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442341/the-influence-of-hospitalisation-on-the-initiation-continuation-and-discontinuation-of-benzodiazepines-and-z-drugs-an-observational-study
#10
Thomas Grimmsmann, Markus Harden, Thomas Fiß, Wolfgang Himmel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hospitalisation influences drug therapy in ambulatory care and this influence is generally negatively perceived. The few studies that have explored changes in benzodiazepine or sleep medication use as a function of hospitalisation failed to precisely determine the hospital's role in initiating, continuing and discontinuing these drugs on a valid basis. The aim of the study was to ascertain the overall influence of hospitalisation on the prescription of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in outpatient care with a special focus on the role of different hospital departments and drug classes...
February 14, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441519/trajectory-analysis-of-anxiolytic-dispensing-over-10-years-among-new-users-aged-50-and-older
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P Verger, B Mmadi Mrenda, S Cortaredona, M Tournier, H Verdoux
OBJECTIVE: To identify temporal trajectories of anxiolytic benzodiazepine (A-BZD) use over 10 years among new A-BZD users aged 50 and older and describe treatment patterns and demographic and clinical characteristics associated with each trajectory. METHOD: A representative cohort of the French national health insurance fund users was tracked from 2006 through 2015. We used latent class mixed models to identify the trajectories. RESULTS: We observed four trajectories among new users (no A-BZD dispensing in 2005) plus one non-use trajectory...
February 13, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433934/evidence-based-review-of-pharmacotherapy-for-acute-agitation-part-2-safety
#12
Leslie S Zun
BACKGROUND: The management of acute agitation in the emergency department often requires the administration of rapid-acting antipsychotic agents. However, there are few comparative studies and little guidance regarding the risks associated with use of such drugs in the acute setting. OBJECTIVE: This structured evidence-based review compared the safety of antipsychotic pharmacotherapies for acute agitation using data from randomized controlled trials identified by a literature search of the PubMed database...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433806/non-vmat2-inhibitor-treatments-for-the-treatment-of-tardive-dyskinesia
#13
REVIEW
Chih-Chun Lin, William G Ondo
Although VMAT2-inhibitors are now established as first-line treatment for tardive dyskinesia, not all patients respond to, or tolerate them. Numerous other agents have been adopted to treat tardive dyskinesia, but with variable results and generally lower quality methodologic reports. Amantadine is the most promising but benzodiazepines, branched chain neutral amino acids, Vitamin B6, several nutraceuticals, and botulinum toxin injections might help some patients. In all cases, better placebo controlled trials are needed before definitive recommendations can be made...
February 5, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433040/pharmaceutical-opioid-overdose-deaths-and-the-presence-of-witnesses
#14
Rowan P Ogeil, Jeremy Dwyer, Lyndal Bugeja, Cherie Heilbronn, Dan I Lubman, Belinda Lloyd
BACKGROUND: In the past two decades, rates of pharmaceutical opioid use and harms resulting from their use (including death) have risen. The present study identified a series of fatal opioid overdoses where there was evidence that witnesses had noted symptoms consistent with overdose, and examined associated contextual factors. METHODS: A retrospective review was undertaken utilising the Coroners Court of Victoria's Overdose Deaths Register for pharmaceutical opioid overdose deaths between 2011 and 2013...
February 9, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432974/similarities-and-changes-between-15-and-24-year-survival-and-retention-rates-of-patients-in-a-large-medical-affiliated-methadone-maintenance-treatment-mmt-center
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Einat Peles, Shaul Schreiber, Anat Sason, Miriam Adelson
BACKGROUND: Environmental and social trends and patients' characteristics may affect predictors for methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) outcome. METHODS: We have expanded our previous study of predictors for MMT outcome (from 619 to 890 patients) and the study period (from 15 to 24 years). Survival and retention in MMT since admission to the MMT clinic (6/1993-6/2016) and until death or study closure (6/2017) were compiled and analyzed. RESULTS: Of 890 patients ever admitted (10,146...
February 7, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430639/benzodiazepine-use-in-older-adults-in-the-united-states-ontario-and-australia-from-2010-to-2016
#16
Jonathan Brett, Donovan T Maust, Zach Bouck, Rosalinda V Ignacio, Graham Mecredy, Eve A Kerr, Sacha Bhatia, Adam G Elshaug, Sallie A Pearson
OBJECTIVES: To detail annual trends in benzodiazepine incidence and prevalence in older adults between 2010 and 2016 in three countries. DESIGN: Observational multicountry cohort study with harmonized study protocol. SETTING: The United States (veteran population); Ontario, Canada; and Australia. PARTICIPANTS: All people aged 65 and older (8,270,000 people). MEASUREMENTS: Annual incidence and prevalence of benzodiazepine use stratified according to age group (65-74, 75-84, ≥85) and sex...
February 12, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428856/sorption-plant-uptake-and-metabolism-of-benzodiazepines
#17
Laura J Carter, Mike Williams, Sheridan Martin, Sara P B Kamaludeen, Rai S Kookana
Reuse of treated wastewater for irrigation of crops is growing in arid and semi-arid regions, whilst increasing amounts of biosolids are being applied to fields to improve agricultural outputs. Due to incomplete removal in the wastewater treatment processes, pharmaceuticals present in treated wastewater and biosolids can contaminate soil systems. Benzodiazepines are a widely used class of pharmaceuticals that are released following wastewater treatment. Benzodiazepines are represented by a class of compounds with a range of physicochemical properties and this study was therefore designed to evaluate the influence of soil properties on the sorption behaviour and subsequent uptake of seven benzodiazepines (chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, diazepam, flurazepam, oxazepam, temazepam and triazolam) in two plant species...
February 8, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425063/psychotropic-medication-patterns-for-american-indian-children-in-foster-care
#18
David Glesener, Gwendolyn Anderson, Xuan Li, Jacob Brown, James Amell, Ronald Regal, Donald Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: This study assesses the effects of race, age, sex, and time spent in foster care on rates of psychotropic medication use for children in foster care in 2012. METHODS: Using existing electronic records through county Social Service and Minnesota Medical Assistance databases, 626 children were identified using the inclusion criteria of having been in foster care for at least 30 days during 2012 in St. Louis County, Minnesota. All prescriptions for dispensed psychotropic medications were identified into the following classes: antidepressants, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications, antipsychotics, alpha-agonists, and other (including anticonvulsants/mood stabilizers, lithium, benzodiazepines, and sedative hypnotics)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423967/suvorexant-is-associated-with-a-low-incidence-of-delirium-in-critically-ill-patients-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
Tomoyuki Masuyama, Masamitsu Sanui, Naoto Yoshida, Yusuke Iizuka, Kunio Ogi, Satoko Yagihashi, Kanae Nagatomo, Yusuke Sasabuchi, Alan K Lefor
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepine use is a risk factor for the development of delirium in adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Suvorexant is an alternative to benzodiazepines to induce sleep, but the incidence of delirium in critically ill patients is unknown. We undertook this retrospective study to investigate the incidence of delirium in patients who receive suvorexant in the ICU. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was conducted in a closed 12-bed ICU at a tertiary teaching hospital...
February 8, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422853/persistent-hemichorea-and-caudate-atrophy-in-untreated-diabetic-striatopathy-a-case-report
#20
Elisabeth B Lucassen, William T Delfyett, Mark C Stahl
Background: Neurological complications of diabetes and hyperglycemia are relatively common but the specific manifestations can vary widely. Diabetic striatal disease or "diabetic striatopathy" is an uncommon condition usually thought to result from hyperglycemic injury to the basal ganglia, producing a hyperkinetic movement disorder, usually choreiform in nature. Symptoms are generally reversible with treatment of the hyperglycemia. Case Description: We report the case of a 57-year-old woman presenting with a unilateral choreoathetosis of the left upper extremity, persistent for 4 years...
September 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
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