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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456150/antidepressants-as-antipruritic-agents-a-review
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REVIEW
Randeep Kaur, V R Sinha
Pruritus is a concomitant symptom of various underlying disorders viz. dermatological, systemic and psychiatric disorders that provoke the person to scratch the skin. Many natural as well as, antipruritic therapies are usually practiced in the treatment of pruritus including general preventive measures, topical therapies such as cooling agents, antihistamines, anesthetics, capsaicin, corticosteroids, immunomodulators and; systemic therapies including administration of antihistamines, opioid antagonists/agonists, antiepileptic drugs/neuroleptics (e...
February 15, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380718/antidepressant-switching-patterns-in-the-elderly
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Svetla Gadzhanova, Elizabeth E Roughead, Lisa G Pont
BACKGROUND: Switching between antidepressants is complex due to potential adverse outcomes such as serotonin syndrome and antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, yet switching is often required due to non-response to initial treatment. This study aimed to examine the patterns and extent of antidepressant switching in a cohort of older adults in long-term residential care. METHODS: A cohort study of medication supply data from 6011 aged care residents in 60 long-term care facilities was conducted...
January 30, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364449/sweet-syndrome-like-cutaneous-drug-reaction
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Lissandra Melati da Silva, Raquel de Almeida Boechat, Iale Oliveira da Hora, José Roberto Pereira Pegas
Cutaneous drug reactions are adverse reactions to medications that may present with different clinical features, ranging from localized to generalized lesions. In this report we describe a case of an unusual drug reaction, resembling the morphology of Sweet syndrome lesions. The patient had a psychiatric illness and was using thioridazine hydrochloride for one year. He developed infiltrated and grouped erythematous lesions on the elbows and knees three days after commencing multiple drugs (promethazine, haloperidol, mirtazapine and levomepromazine)...
November 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355886/antidepressants-for-depression-in-adults-with-hiv-infection
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REVIEW
Ingrid Eshun-Wilson, Nandi Siegfried, Dickens H Akena, Dan J Stein, Ekwaro A Obuku, John A Joska
BACKGROUND: Rates of major depression among people living with HIV (PLWH) are substantially higher than those seen in the general population and this may adversely affect antiretroviral treatment outcomes. Several unique clinical and psychosocial factors may contribute to the development and persistence of depression in PLWH. Given these influences, it is unclear if antidepressant therapy is as effective for PLWH as the general population. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of antidepressant therapy for treatment of depression in PLWH...
January 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344343/the-role-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-in-preventing-relapse-of-major-depressive-disorder
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REVIEW
Steven S Clevenger, Devvrat Malhotra, Jonathan Dang, Brigitte Vanle, Waguih William IsHak
The objective of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and SSRIs compared with other treatment modalities in preventing relapse after an episode of major depressive disorder (MDD). An Ovid MEDLINE and PsycINFO search (from 1987 to August 2017) was conducted using the following terms: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, antidepressants, depression, prevention, prophylaxis, relapse and MDD. Using predefined criteria, two authors independently selected and reached consensus on the included studies...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332813/fast-and-easy-extraction-of-antidepressants-from-whole-blood-using-ionic-liquids-as-extraction-solvent
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Marieke De Boeck, Lisa Dubrulle, Wim Dehaen, Jan Tytgat, Eva Cuypers
This study aims to prove that ionic liquids (ILs) can be used as extraction solvents in a liquid-liquid microextraction, coupled to LC-MS/MS, for the quantification of a large group of antidepressants in whole blood samples. The sample preparation procedure consisted of adding 1.0mL aqueous buffer pH 3.0 and 60µL of IL (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate) to 1.0mL whole blood. Subsequently, a 5-min rotary mixing step was performed followed by centrifugation. The lower IL phase was collected, diluted 1:10 in methanol and 10µL was injected into the LC-MS/MS...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303920/mirtazapine-therapy-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-implications-of-alpha-adrenergic-pharmacology-on-the-startle-response
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Ian R McGrane, Michael D Shuman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Harvard Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282345/-drug-induced-akathisia
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Toshiya Inada
Akathisia consists of subjective inner restlessness, such as awareness of the inability to remain seated, restless legs, fidgetiness, and the desire to move constantly, and of objective increased motor phenomena, such as body rocking, shifting from foot to foot, stamping in place, crossing and uncrossing legs, pacing around. Although the broad definition of akathisia includes the inner and motor restlessness observed in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and restless legs syndrome, here we exclusively focus on the narrow definition of antipsychotic-induced akathisia...
December 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273901/systematic-review-of-combined-pharmacotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-alcohol-use-disorder-in-patients-without-comorbid-conditions
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REVIEW
Andrew C Naglich, Austin Lin, Sidarth Wakhlu, Bryon H Adinoff
BACKGROUND: Previous reviews have examined the use of theoretically supported combinations of drugs for the treatment of alcohol use disorder. This review seeks to examine the strengths and limitations of current clinical evidence for the use of combined pharmacological interventions intended to treat alcohol use disorder. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to identify combinations of pharmacological treatments for alcohol use disorder, and assess the strength of clinical evidence for these treatments...
December 22, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273459/mirtazapine-impairs-acquisition-and-reinstatement-of-cocaine-induced-place-preference-in-rats
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Susana Barbosa-Méndez, Maura Matus-Ortega, Salomón Jacinto-Gutiérrez, Alberto Salazar-Juárez
Exposure to cues previously associated with drug use and the environment can trigger intense craving and drug-seeking, often leading to relapse in individuals with substance use disorders. Several studies suggest that the decrease in the effects of the cues and the environment could help maintain abstinence from drug use in individuals abusing drugs. Mirtazapine, an antagonist of the noradrenergic (NE) α2 receptor and the 5-HT2A/C and 5-HT3 receptors has demonstrated efficacy in reducing the rewarding effect of different drugs...
December 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244076/reference-brain-blood-concentrations-of-citalopram-duloxetine-mirtazapine-and-sertraline
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Michael Nedahl, Sys Stybe Johansen, Kristian Linnet
Postmortem blood samples may not accurately reflect antemortem drug concentrations, as the levels of some drugs increase due to postmortem redistribution (PMR). The brain has been suggested as an alternative sampling site. The anatomically secluded site of the brain limits redistribution and prolongs the detection window, thereby enabling sampling from deceased individuals where blood is no longer suitable for analysis. We report concentrations in brain tissue and blood from 91 cases for the four antidepressants citalopram, duloxetine, mirtazapine and sertraline...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234708/simple-and-rapid-validated-hplc-fluorescence-determination-of-perampanel-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-epilepsy
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Susan Mohamed, Carmina Candela, Roberto Riva, Manuela Contin
We present a simple and fast high-performance liquid chromatography method with fluorescence detection for the determination of the antiepileptic drug perampanel in human plasma. The chromatographic separation was performed on a Kinetex PFP (100 × 2.6 mm, 4.6 µm) column, using a mobile phase of sodium acetate 0.03 M pH 3.7 and acetonitrile (40/60, v/v), at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min. Total chromatography time for each run was 5 min. Sample preparation (250 µL) involved only one simple precipitation step by acetonitrile spiked with mirtazapine as internal standard...
March 2018: Practical Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225093/effects-of-the-antidepressant-mirtazapine-and-zinc-on-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
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Andy Hernández-Abrego, Elizabeth Vázquez-Gómez, Jesús García-Colunga
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and zinc are associated with regulation of mood and related disorders. In addition, several antidepressants inhibit muscle and neuronal nAChRs and zinc potentiates inhibitory actions of them. Moreover, mirtazapine (a noradrenergic, serotonergic and histaminergic antidepressant) inhibits muscarinic AChRs and its effects on nAChRs are unknown. Therefore, we studied the modulation of muscle α1β1γd nAChRs expressed in oocytes and native α7-containing nAChRs in hippocampal interneurons by mirtazapine and/or zinc, using voltage-clamp techniques...
December 7, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185897/pharmacological-treatment-of-insomnia-symptoms-in-individuals-with-substance-use-disorders-in-spain-a-quasi-experimental-study
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L Grau-López, L Grau-López, C Daigre, R F Palma-Álvarez, L Rodriguez-Cintas, E Ros-Cucurull, C Roncero
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacological treatment of insomnia in patients with addictions has been hardly investigated and there are few researches about it in an inpatient detoxification. The aim of this study was to describe the outcomes of the pharmacological treatment of insomnia in SUD patients admitted to a detoxification unit in Spain, with a focus on the primary substance of abuse and co-occurring mental disorders. METHODS: A quasi-experimental study was conducted in 481 addicted in patients, who were admitted for substances detoxification in Vall d´Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain, from 2010 to 2015...
November 29, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156365/antidepressant-polypharmacy-and-the-potential-of-pharmacokinetic-interactions-doxepin-but-not-mirtazapine-causes-clinically-relevant-changes-in-venlafaxine-metabolism
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Michael Paulzen, Ekkehard Haen, Christoph Hiemke, Bianca Fay, Sandra Unholzer, Gerhard Gründer, Georgios Schoretsanitis
BACKGROUND: To uncover pharmacokinetic interactions between venlafaxine and doxepin or mirtazapine in a naturalistic sample. METHODS: A therapeutic drug monitoring database containing plasma concentrations of venlafaxine (VEN) and its active metabolite O-desmethylvenlafaxine (ODVEN) was analyzed. We included 1067 of 1594 patients in the analysis. Three study groups were considered; a group of patients under venlafaxine without confounding medications, V0 (n = 905), a group of patients co-medicated with doxepin, VDOX (n = 25) and a second group, co-medicated with mirtazapine, VMIR, n = 137...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139004/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-in-the-absence-of-immunosuppression
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Benjamin E Zucker, Sybil R L Stacpoole
A 69-year-old woman presented with a cortical hand syndrome progressing over several weeks. MRI brain showed characteristic appearances of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), confirmed by detection of the JC virus in CSF, despite the absence of any evidence of immunosuppression. Treatment with mirtazapine, mefloquine and cidofovir did not affect the progression of the disease, which was fatal within 7 months of presentation. This report adds to the small case literature that suggests that PML can occur in immunocompetent people, albeit extremely rarely...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068610/seizure-risk-associated-with-antidepressant-treatment-among-patients-with-depressive-disorders-a-population-based-case-crossover-study
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Chi-Shin Wu, Hsin-Yen Liu, Hui-Ju Tsai, Shi-Kai Liu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the risk of seizure associated with antidepressant use among patients with depressive disorders. METHODS: Individuals visiting the emergency department or hospitalized because of new-onset seizure (ICD-9-CM diagnostic code 345 or 780.3; our primary study outcome) after receiving antidepressants for depressive disorders, were identified from a Taiwanese total population health insurance database. Using a case-crossover study design, relative risk of antidepressant-related seizure was estimated by comparing the rates of antidepressant exposure during the case periods vs control periods...
November 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061415/antidepressant-related-jitteriness-syndrome-in-anxiety-and-depressive-disorders-incidence-and-risk-factors
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Preeti Sinha, Disha Jayaram Shetty, Laxminarayana K Bairy, Chittaranjan Andrade
INTRODUCTION: Jitteriness syndrome (JS) is a poorly understood but important adverse effect of antidepressant drugs. This study examined the incidence and pattern of antidepressant-related JS and its predictors. METHODS: 209 patients diagnosed with any anxiety or depressive disorder and started on mirtazapine, sertraline, desvenlafaxine, escitalopram or fluoxetine were assessed at baseline, after 2 weeks, and after 6 weeks with psychopathology rating scales and for predefined categories of JS...
October 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055444/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-pml-iris-in-liver-transplant-recipient
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J Avsenik, A Horvat Ledinek, K Šurlan Popovič
65-year-old liver transplant recipient presented with progressive neurologic dysfunction. CSF analysis revealed high JC virus load and MRI findings suggested the diagnosis of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Cidofovir and mirtazapine were initiated and patient's regular immunosuppressants were reduced. Subsequently patient developed left sided hemiplegia, drowsiness and severe neglect syndrome. MRI revealed enlargement of PML lesions with contrast enhancement and worsening of oedema, consistent with immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS)...
October 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034101/lamotrigine-induced-sexual-dysfunction-and-non-adherence-case-analysis-with-literature-review
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Kenneth R Kaufman, Melissa Coluccio, Kartik Sivaraaman, Miriam Campeas
BACKGROUND: Optimal anti-epileptic drug (AED) treatment maximises therapeutic response and minimises adverse effects (AEs). Key to therapeutic AED treatment is adherence. Non-adherence is often related to severity of AEs. Frequently, patients do not spontaneously report, and clinicians do not specifically query, critical AEs that lead to non-adherence, including sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction prevalence in patients with epilepsy ranges from 40 to 70%, often related to AEDs, epilepsy or mood states...
September 2017: BJPsych Open
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