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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213908/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-lacosamide-versus-sodium-valproate-in-status-epilepticus
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Usha K Misra, Deepanshu Dubey, Jayantee Kalita
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of lacosamide (LCM) and sodium valproate (SVA) in lorazepam (LOR)-resistant status epilepticus (SE). METHODS: Patients with LOR-resistant SE were randomized to intravenous LCM 400 mg at a rate of 60 mg/kg/min or SVA 30 mg/kg at a rate of 100 mg/min. The SE severity score (STESS), duration of SE and its etiology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings were noted. Primary outcome was seizure cessation for 1 h, and secondary outcomes were 24 h seizure remission, in hospital death and severe adverse events (SAEs)...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209389/physical-stability-of-highly-concentrated-injectable-drugs-solutions-used-in-intensive-care-units
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M Closset, J D Hecq, L Soumoy, J Simar, E Gonzalez, L Charlet, C Declave, P Gillet, L Galanti
BACKGROUND: The intensive care department of the institution use drug solutions within higher concentration to avoid fluid overload. The purpose of the study is to prove the physical stability of different injectable drugs within high concentration (amiodarone 25mg/mL, isosorbide 0.60mg/mL, lorazepam 0.16mg/mL, noradrenalin 0.120 and 0.240mg/mL, salbutamol 0.06mg/mL and sodium valproate 12mg/mL) to ensure the patients safety. METHODS: Five of 30 or 50mL polypropylene syringes were prepared for each solution under aseptic conditions and stored at room temperature...
February 13, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181946/case-report-of-midazolam-withdrawal-induced-catatonia-in-a-9-year-old-patient
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Cassandra R Duncan-Azadi, Peter N Johnson, Andrew Gormley
Benzodiazepine withdrawal-induced catatonia is a rare phenomenon in the adult population and has never been reported in a pediatric patient. We present a 9-year-old boy who exhibited catatonia symptoms following discontinuation of a midazolam infusion in the pediatric intensive care unit. The pediatric anesthesia acute pain team was consulted. When the patient's altered mental status could not otherwise be explained, benzodiazepine withdrawal-induced catatonia was considered. A dose of 2 mg intravenous lorazepam was given and the patient's symptoms dramatically improved within 5 minutes of administration...
February 8, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163499/long-term-benzodiazepine-treatment-in-patients-with-psychotic-disorders-attending-a-mental-health-service-in-rural-greece
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Vaios Peritogiannis, Thiresia Manthopoulou, Venetsanos Mavreas
INTRODUCTION: Long-term benzodiazepine (BZD) treatment in patients with mental disorders is widespread in clinical practice, and this is also the case of patients with schizophrenia, although the evidence is weak and BZD prescription is discouraged by guidelines and medical authorities. Data on BZD prescription are usually derived from national or regional databases whereas information on the use of BZD by patients with schizophrenia and related psychoses in general population-based samples is limited...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160051/characterization-and-identification-of-eight-designer-benzodiazepine-metabolites-by-incubation-with-human-liver-microsomes-and-analysis-by-a-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometer
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Souleiman El Balkhi, Maxime Chaslot, Nicolas Picard, Sylvain Dulaurent, Martine Delage, Olivier Mathieu, Franck Saint-Marcoux
Designer benzodiazepines (DBZDs) have become of particular importance in the past few years. The metabolite monitoring of DBZD in biological fluids could be of great interest in clinical and forensic toxicology. However, DBZD metabolites are not known or not commercially available. The identification of some DBZD metabolites has been mostly explored by self-administration studies or by in vitro studies followed by high-resolution mass spectrometry. The question arose whether a unit resolution instrument could be efficient enough to allow the identification of DBZD metabolites...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157273/a-novel-animal-model-of-acquired-human-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-based-on-the-simultaneous-administration-of-kainic-acid-and-lorazepam
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Friederike Kienzler-Norwood, Lara Costard, Chinmaya Sadangi, Philipp Müller, Valentin Neubert, Sebastian Bauer, Felix Rosenow, Braxton A Norwood
OBJECTIVE: Kainic acid (KA) is a potent glutamate analog that is used to induce neurodegeneration and model temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) in rodents. KA reliably induces severe, prolonged seizures, that is, convulsive status epilepticus (cSE), which is typically fatal without pharmacologic intervention. Although the use of KA to model human epilepsy has proven unquestionably valuable for >30 years, significant variability and mortality continue to confound results. These issues are probably the consequence of cSE, an all-or-nothing response that is inherently capricious and uncontrollable...
February 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153413/model-predicted-occurrence-of-multiple-pharmaceuticals-in-swedish-surface-waters-and-their-flushing-to-the-baltic-sea
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C Lindim, J van Gils, I T Cousins, R Kühne, D Georgieva, S Kutsarova, O Mekenyan
An exposure assessment for multiple pharmaceuticals in Swedish surface waters was made using the STREAM-EU model. Results indicate that Metformin (27 ton/y), Paracetamol (6.9 ton/y) and Ibuprofen (2.33 ton/y) were the drugs with higher amounts reaching the Baltic Sea in 2011. 35 of the studied substances had more than 1 kg/y of predicted flush to the sea. Exposure potential given by the ratio amount of the drug exported to the sea/amount emitted to the environment was higher than 50% for 7 drugs (Piperacillin, Lorazepam, Metformin, Hydroxycarbamide, Hydrochlorothiazide, Furosemide and Cetirizine), implying that a high proportion of them will reach the sea, and below 10% for 27 drugs, implying high catchment attenuation...
January 30, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151790/management-of-opioid-and-sedative-weaning-in-pediatric-congenital-heart-disease-patients-assessing-the-state-of-practice
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Caitlin O'Connell, Sonja Ziniel, Lauren Hartwell, Jean Connor
BACKGROUND: Opioid and sedative medications are commonly used to treat pediatric patients with congenital heart disease; however, their use is not without adverse effects. Symptoms of withdrawal can occur if the medications are discontinued abruptly or weaned too quickly. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to understand and describe the current management of opioid and sedative weaning in pediatric congenital heart disease patients in freestanding children's hospitals across the United States...
March 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149745/afatinib-induced-severe-esophagitis-in-a-lung-cancer-patient-with-an-activated-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-mutation-a-case-report
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Takako Inoue, Madoka Kimura, Motohiro Tamiya, Kazumi Nishino, Toru Kumagai, Fumio Imamura
A 58-year-old woman with lung cancer complaint odynophagia by sour food. Endoscopic examination revealed severe erosion strictly limited to the esophagus. Drug-induced esophagitis was suspected. She was taking afatinib, loxoprofen, pregabalin, lorazepam, a formulation of butyric acid bacteria, and amino acid supplements for more than 1 month at the time of developing esophagitis. Her appetite was very poor for several days before developing the esophagitis. Although not definitive, the most probable cause of her esophagitis is an increased blood concentration of afatinib due to prolonged starved condition...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144864/assessment-of-lemna-minor-duckweed-and-corbicula-fluminea-freshwater-clam-as-potential-indicators-of-contaminated-aquatic-ecosystems-responses-to-presence-of-psychoactive-drug-mixtures
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Bourioug Mohamed, Mazzitelli Jean-Yves, Marty Pierre, Budzinski Hélène, Lotfi Aleya, Bonnafé Elsa, Geret Florence
The pharmaceutical products are emerging pollutants continuously released into the environment, because they cannot be effectively removed by the wastewater treatment plants. In recent years, questions have been raised concerning the environmental risks related to these pollutants. The goal of this research was to evaluate the responses in Lemna minor after 7 days and in Corbicula fluminea after differing durations (1, 3, 7, and 19 days) of exposure to the psychoactive drug mixture (valproic acid, citalopram, carbamazepine, cyamemazine, hydroxyzine, oxazepam, norfluoxetine, lorazepam, fluoxetine, and sertraline) in different concentrations (0, 0 + ethanol, drug concentration (DC) 1 = river water concentration, DC2 = effluent concentration, and DC3 = 10× effluent concentration)...
January 31, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138202/treating-an-adolescent-with-long-qt-syndrome-for-bipolar-disorder-a-case-presentation
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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/28129309/black-hairy-tongue-associated-with-lorazepam-treatment-of-a-male-smoker-with-major-depression
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Udo Bonnet, Peter Ringel
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January 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126558/formulating-a-poorly-water-soluble-drug-into-an-oral-solution-suitable-for-paediatric-patients-lorazepam-as-a-model-drug
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A C van der Vossen, I van der Velde, O S N M Smeets, D J Postma, M Eckhardt, A Vermes, B C P Koch, A G Vulto, L M Hanff
INTRODUCTION: Many drugs are unavailable in suitable oral paediatric dosage forms, and pharmacists often have to compound drugs to provide paediatric patients with an acceptable formulation in the right dose. Liquid formulations offer the advantage of dosing flexibility and ease of administration to young patients, but drug substances often show poor aqueous solubility. The objective of this work was to study different solvents and matrices to design a liquid formulation for poorly water soluble drugs, using lorazepam as model drug...
January 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114315/the-lorazepam-and-diazepam-protocol-for-catatonia-due-to-general-medical-condition-and-substance-in-liaison-psychiatry
#14
Chin-Chuen Lin, Yi-Yung Hung, Meng-Chang Tsai, Tiao-Lai Huang
OBJECTIVE: The lorazepam-diazepam protocol had been proved to rapidly and effectively relieve catatonia in patients with schizophrenia or mood disorder. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of lorazepam-diazepam protocol in catatonia due to general medical conditions (GMC) and substance. METHOD: Patients with catatonia that required psychiatric intervention in various settings of a medical center were included. The lorazepam-diazepam protocol had been used to treat the catatonia due to GMC or substance according to DSM-IV criteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110639/amitraz-poisoning-a-case-report-of-an-unusual-pesticide-poisoning-in-sri-lanka-and-literature-review
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H M M T B Herath, S P Pahalagamage, Nilukshana Yogendranathan, M D M S Wijayabandara, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: Amitraz is a pesticide used worldwide on animals and in agriculture. It contains triazapentadiene, which is a centrally acting alpha-2 adrenergic agonist. Amitraz poisoning is fairly uncommon in humans and occurs via oral, dermal or inhalational routes. Only a limited number of case reports of human intoxication have been published and most of them are of accidental ingestion by children. CASE PRESENTATION: A twenty-year-old Sri Lankan female presented following self-ingestion of 20 ml of amitraz resulting in 37...
January 23, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101764/diazepam-in-the-treatment-of-moderate-to-severe-alcohol-withdrawal
#16
Steven J Weintraub
Benzodiazepines ameliorate or prevent the symptoms and complications of moderate to severe alcohol withdrawal, which can include autonomic hyperactivity, agitation, combativeness, hallucinations, seizures, delirium, and death. The benzodiazepines most commonly used for this purpose are lorazepam, chlordiazepoxide, oxazepam, and diazepam. It is widely asserted that no member of this group is superior to the others for treatment of alcohol withdrawal. However, of these, diazepam has the shortest time to peak effect, which facilitates both rapid control of symptoms and accurate titration to avoid over-sedation...
January 18, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094153/development-and-validation-of-a-fast-ionic-liquid-based-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-procedure-combined-with-lc-ms-ms-analysis-for-the-quantification-of-benzodiazepines-and-benzodiazepine-like-hypnotics-in-whole-blood
#17
Marieke De Boeck, Sophie Missotten, Wim Dehaen, Jan Tytgat, Eva Cuypers
To date, thorough clean-up of complex biological samples remains an essential part of the analytical process. The solid phase extraction (SPE) technique is the well-known standard, however, its main weaknesses are the labor-intensive and time-consuming protocols. In this respect, dispersive liquid-liquid microextractions (DLLME) seem to offer less complex and more efficient extraction procedures. Furthermore, ionic liquids (ILs) - liquid salts - are emerging as new promising extraction solvents, thanks to their non-flammable nature, negligible vapor pressure and easily adaptable physiochemical properties...
December 26, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077205/impact-of-pharmacists-in-optimizing-geriatric-pharmacotherapy-in-primary-care-within-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
#18
Taryn B Mondiello, Lauren A Stutzman
OBJECTIVE: To assess pharmacists' impact on optimizing pharmacotherapy among geriatric patients. DESIGN: Single-site, prospective, quality-improvement project. SETTING: Primary care at a Veterans Affairs medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Thirteen males 75 years of age and older were included. INTERVENTIONS: Recommendations were made by pharmacists to optimize prescribing. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Differences between specific instances of suboptimal prescribing before and after pharmacists' recommendations, the percentage of pharmacists' recommendations accepted, and the top most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications and their most common indications...
January 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067776/sensitivity-of-quantitative-signal-detection-in-regards-to-pharmacological-neuroenhancement
#19
Maximilian Gahr, Bernhard J Connemann, Carlos Schönfeldt-Lecuona, René Zeiss
Pharmacological neuroenhancement (PNE) is a form of abuse and has not yet been addressed by methods of pharmacovigilance. In the present study, we tested if quantitative signal detection may be sensitive in regards to PNE. We evaluated the risk of drug abuse and dependence (DAAD) related to substances that are known to be used for PNE and divided this group into agents with (methylphenidate) and without a known abuse potential outside the field of PNE (atomoxetine, modafinil, acetylcholine esterase inhibitors, and memantine)...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067201/false-negative-on-a-proven-involuntary-intoxication-in-two-children-with-lorazepam
#20
Catherine Feliu, Hélène Guillemin, Claire Gozalo, Aurélie Fouley, Hélène Marty, Hervé Millart, Zoubir Djerada
Children aged between 1 to 4 years are the most at risk of unintentional poisonings. Benzodiazepines are the most medicine often cause of the poisoning. Among the twenty-two most prescribed benzodiazepines in France, lorazepam ranks fifth behind zolpidem, alprazolam, bromazepam and zopiclone. However the automated assay currently available does not allow to detect and/or to quantify lorazepam. The alternative to the immunoassay is the liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS). This technique, highly sensitive and specific, requires a pre-treatment phase and a good technical proficiency, justifying specialized staff...
January 9, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
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