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Marco Solmi, Nicola Veronese, Leonardo Zaninotto, Marc L M van der Loos, Keming Gao, Ayal Schaffer, Catherine Reis, Claus Normann, Ion-George Anghelescu, Christoph U Correll
OBJECTIVES: To meta-analytically summarize lamotrigine's effectiveness and safety in unipolar and bipolar depression. METHODS: We conducted systematic PubMed and SCOPUS reviews (last search =10/01/2015) of randomized controlled trials comparing lamotrigine to placebo or other agents with antidepressant activity in unipolar or bipolar depression. We performed a random-effects meta-analysis of depression ratings, response, remission, and adverse effects calculating standardized mean difference (SMD) and risk ratio (RR) ±95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
October 2016: CNS Spectrums
Faizan Mazhar, Shahzad Akram, Nafis Haider, Rafeeque Ahmed
Antipsychotic and antidepressant are often used in combination for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The concomitant use of antipsychotic and/or antidepressant with drugs that may interact can lead to rare, life-threatening conditions such as serotonin syndrome and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. We describe a patient who has a history of taking two offending drugs that interact with drugs given during the course of hospital treatment which leads to the development of serotonin syndrome overlapped with neuroleptic malignant syndrome...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
H Belli, M Akbudak, Z E Bal
Rabbit syndrome is an extrapyramidal side effect which is described as a variant of tardive dyskinesia. Rabbit syndrome is characterized by rapid, rhytmic orofacial movements, often accompanied by lip sounds. This movement disorder may be associated with either typical or atypical antipsychotic agents. The index case presented to our clinic with the complaints of bipolar depression. In addition to valproate, quetiapine was started with the dose of 50 mg per day, which was increased to 300 mg per day within two weeks for depression...
December 14, 2015: West Indian Medical Journal
Ratinder Jhaj, Pushp Raj Gour, Dinesh Prasad Asati
Black hairy tongue (BHT) is a benign disease characterized by elongated filiform lingual papillae, with a carpet-like appearance of the dorsum of the tongue. It is has been reported to occur with a prevalence ranging from 0.6% to 11.3%. Although its etiology is not fully understood, BHT may be triggered by smoking, excessive coffee or black tea drinking, poor oral hygiene, trigeminal neuralgia, general debilitation, dry mouth as well as certain drugs. We present here a case of a patient with psychosis, depression, and benign prostatic hyperplasia, who developed BHT following treatment with a fixed dose combination (FDC) of olanzapine and fluoxetine and recovered within 3 months after withdrawal of treatment with FDC...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Tiago Figueiredo, Daniel Segenreich, Paulo Mattos
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August 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Daniel J Lee, Carla W Schnitzlein, Jonathan P Wolf, Meena Vythilingam, Ann M Rasmusson, Charles W Hoge
BACKGROUND: Current clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offer contradictory recommendations regarding use of medications or psychotherapy as first-line treatment. Direct head-to-head comparisons are lacking. METHODS: Systemic review of Medline, EMBASE, PILOTS, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, and Global Health Library was conducted without language restrictions. Randomized clinical trials ≥8 weeks in duration using structured clinical interview-based outcome measures, active-control conditions (e...
September 2016: Depression and Anxiety
Lindsay M Avery, Shannon J Drayton
Bipolar affective disorder is a debilitating illness that manifests as cyclical episodes of mood elevation and depression, but the treatment of the depressive episodes (i.e., bipolar depression) differs considerably from the treatment of major depressive disorder. In bipolar affective disorder, it is well known that patients spend a significantly greater amount of time in depressive episodes than manic or hypomanic episodes, yet there are currently just three Food and Drug Administration-approved agents for the treatment of bipolar depression: (1) olanzapine/fluoxetine combination (2) quetiapine, both immediate- and extended-release, and (3) lurasidone...
2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Edward C Lauterbach
Anxiety is common in the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the pre-motor stages of Parkinson's disease (PD). A concomitant and possible cause of this anxiety is microglial activation, also considered a key promoter of neurodegeneration in MCI and early PD via inflammatory mechanisms and the generation of degenerative proinflammatory cytokines. Psychiatric disorders, prevalent in AD and PD, are often treated with psychiatric drugs (psychotropics), raising the question of whether psychotropics might therapeutically affect microglial activation, MCI, and PD...
2016: American Journal of Neurodegenerative Disease
Nicholas A Keks, Judy Hope, David Castle
OBJECTIVE: Lurasidone is a new serotonin-dopamine antagonist atypical antipsychotic which also appears to be effective in bipolar depression. This paper will briefly review the evidence concerning lurasidone. CONCLUSIONS: Lurasidone is an antagonist at dopamine D2, serotonin 5-HT2 and 5-HT7, and partial agonist at 5HT1a receptors; it has no anticholinergic or antihistaminic activity. Rapidly absorbed, it has a half-life of 18 ± 7 hours, will reach steady state in five days and is taken at night with food (absorption is halved on an empty stomach)...
June 2016: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Sevgi Türker-Kaya, Oğuz Mutlu, İpek K Çelikyurt, Furuzan Akar, Güner Ulak
Chronic stress which can cause a variety of disorders and illness ranging from metabolic and cardiovascular to mental leads to alterations in content, structure and dynamics of biomolecules in brain. The determination of stress-induced changes along with the effects of antidepressant treatment on these parameters might bring about more effective therapeutic strategies. In the present study, we investigated unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS)-induced changes in biomolecules in mouse brain and the restoring effects of tianeptine (TIA), olanzapine (OLZ) and fluoxetine (FLX) on these variations, by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy...
May 15, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Grzegorz Cessak, Konrad Rokita, Marta Dąbrowska, Katarzyna Sejbuk-Rozbicka, Anna Zaremba, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel, Ewa Bałkowiec-Iskra
The number of newly approved generic psychotropic drugs increases every year and, in many countries, their sales exceed the sales of brand-name counterparts. In order for any generic drug to receive an approval of regulatory authorities, its bioequivalence with the corresponding reference product must be demonstrated. Moreover, generic drugs must meet the same quality standards as reference drugs. However, many psychiatrists express concerns about use of generic drugs. We carried out a systematic analysis of the relevant literature indexed in PubMed and Cochrane databases...
April 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Bing Pan, Weibo Liu, Qiaozhen Chen, Leilei Zheng, Yingying Bao, Huichun Li, Risheng Yu
Idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the deposition of calcium in the brain and variable combinations of movement disorders, gait impairment and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Few reports have described psychiatric manifestations as early symptoms of IBGC. The present study reports the case of a middle-aged man with schizophrenia-like psychosis and obsessive-compulsive symptoms as the first manifestations of IBGC. The response of the patient to olanzapine and fluoxetine suggests that low-dose olanzapine is effective and should be increased cautiously to avoid worsening parkinsonism and that fluoxetine is an effective drug for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in IBGC...
August 2015: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jingjing Wang, Hua Huang, Qin Yao, Yang Lu, Qiaoling Zheng, Yuqi Cheng, Xiufeng Xu, Qiong Zhou, Di Wu, Min Zhang, Xiaosu Li, Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND: In psychopharmacology, treatment with psychotropic drugs is often suboptimal, mainly because of the high interindividual variability in pharmacokinetic properties. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) can be a valuable tool for monitoring the individual effects of a prescribed dosage in a patient, and it facilitates antipsychotic treatment by increasing the effectiveness and safety of drugs and by reducing treatment costs. The aim of this study was to develop and validate an ultrafast liquid chromatography (UFLC) method with tandem mass spectrometric detection for the measurement of 16 antipsychotics and antidepressants in human plasma samples for TDM or other applications...
October 2015: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Diego Soares Domingues, Mônia Aparecida Lemos Pinto, Israel Donizeti de Souza, Jaime Eduardo Cecilio Hallak, José Alexandre de Souza Crippa, Maria Eugênia Costa Queiroz
This work describes the development of a simple, sensitive and selective method based on high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) to determine antipsychotics (olanzapine, quetiapine, clozapine, haloperidol and chlorpromazine) along with antidepressants (mirtazapine, paroxetine, citalopram, sertraline, imipramine, clomipramine and fluoxetine), anticonvulsants (carbamazepine and lamotrigine) and anxiolytics (diazepam and clonazepam) in plasma samples obtained from schizophrenic patients...
January 2016: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Rachel Franklin, Sam Zorowitz, Andrew K Corse, Alik S Widge, Thilo Deckersbach
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a debilitating and difficult-to-treat psychiatric disease that presents a serious burden to patients' lives as well as health care systems around the world. The essential diagnostic criterion for BD is episodes of mania or hypomania; however, the patients report that the majority of their time is spent in a depressive phase. Current treatment options for this component of BD have yet to achieve satisfactory remission rates. Lurasidone is a drug in the benzisothiazole class approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in June 2013 for the acute treatment of bipolar depression...
2015: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Carl Björkholm, Kent Jardemark, Björn Schilström, Torgny H Svensson
Preclinical studies indicate that the rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine is dependent on activation of AMPA receptors in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) resulting in a prolonged enhancement of glutamatergic transmission in the mPFC. In similarity, addition of atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs) to SSRIs has also been found to induce a rapid and potent antidepressant effect. Using intracellular recordings in layer V/VI pyramidal cells of the rat mPFC in vitro, we found that a combination of low, clinically relevant concentrations of the atypical APD olanzapine and the SSRI fluoxetine facilitated NMDA and AMPA-induced currents in pyramidal cells via activation of dopamine D1 receptors...
October 2015: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Israel D de Souza, Diego S Domingues, Maria E C Queiroz
The present study (1) reports on the synthesis of two hybrid silica monoliths functionalized with aminopropyl or cyanopropyl groups by the sol-gel process; (2) evaluates these monoliths as selective stationary phase for microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS) to determine drugs in plasma samples via liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in the multiple reactions monitoring (MRM) mode; and (3) discusses important factors related to the optimization of MEPS efficiency as well as the carryover effect...
August 1, 2015: Talanta
Gustavo H Vázquez, Jessica N Holtzman, Leonardo Tondo, Ross J Baldessarini
BACKGROUND: Depression in bipolar disorder is a major therapeutic challenge associated with disability and excess mortality. METHODS: We reviewed findings from randomized placebo-controlled trials concerning efficacy and adverse effects of treatments for acute bipolar depression, including anticonvulsants, antidepressants, lithium, and modern antipsychotics, to compare numbers-needed-to-treat (NNT) versus -to-harm (NNH). RESULTS: Included were data from 22 reports involving 33 drug-placebo pairs...
September 1, 2015: Journal of Affective Disorders
Keming Gao, Chengmei Yuan, Renrong Wu, Jun Chen, Zuowei Wang, Yiru Fang, Joseph R Calabrese
English-language literature cited in MEDLINE from January, 1980 to October 30, 2014 was searched by using terms of antipsychotic, generic and brand names of atypical antipsychotics, "bipolar depression/bipolar disorder", "placebo", and "trial". The parameters of response (≥50% improvement on MADRS, Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale total score), remission (either ≤12 or 8 on MADRS total score at endpoint), discontinuation due to adverse events (DAEs), somnolence, ≥7% weight gain, overall extrapyramidal side-effects (EPSs), and akathisia, were extracted from originally published primary outcome papers...
October 2015: Neuroscience Bulletin
Nozomi Asaoka, Kazuki Nagayasu, Naoya Nishitani, Mayumi Yamashiro, Hisashi Shirakawa, Takayuki Nakagawa, Shuji Kaneko
The combination of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and atypical antipsychotic drugs shows better therapeutic efficacy than SSRI monotherapy in the treatment of depression. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the augmenting effects of olanzapine are not fully understood. Here, we report that olanzapine enhances the SSRI-induced increase in extracellular serotonin (5-HT) levels and antidepressant-like effects by inhibiting GABAergic neurons through 5-HT6 receptor antagonism in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN)...
August 2015: Neuropharmacology
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