Tag: psychopharmacology

Giving Lithium to Those who Need it

Lithium is a ‘gold standard’ drug for treating bipolar disorder, however not everyone responds in the same way. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders finds that this is true at the levels of gene activation, especially in the activation or repression of genes which alter the level the apoptosis (programmed cell death).

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Fewer Suicides After Antidepressive Treatment For Schizophrenia

Antidepressive drugs reduce the mortality rate of schizophrenic patients, while treatment with bensodiazepines greatly increases it, especially as regards suicide. Giving several antipsychotics simultaneously, however, seems to have no effect at all. This according to a new study examining different drug combinations administered to patients with schizophrenia.

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Making sense of addiction terminology

A new editorial released this week offers clarity and structure on confusing drug and alcohol addiction terminology for prescribers, users and regulators. “Through a glass darkly: can we improve clarity about mechanism and aims of medications in drug and alcohol treatments?” is published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the official journal of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE.

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Taking Smoking Cessation Medication For Four Weeks Prior To Quitting Can Help Keep You Tobacco Free

New research released this week by the University of Buffalo suggests smokers might have more success at kicking the habit if they start using smoking cessation medications, such as varenicline, for several weeks prior to their quit date. Findings showed that smokers who took the medication for four weeks prior to quitting were more likely to remain tobacco-free three months after the trail ended, compared to those who only took the drug for the regularly prescribed time frame of one week. The female participants also fared better in their quest to quit, with 67% remaining smoke free at the three month follow up.

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Drug Errors Reduced In Psychiatric Unit Thanks To Computerized System

It is widely regarded that doctor’s don’t have the best hand writing. Illegible hand writing can result in serious problems when pharmacists attempt to read a prescription and fill an order correctly. This can, and has, lead to a number of problems in providing patients with the correct medication and dosage for their conditions.

New research from John Hopkins has suggested that an electronic prescription drug ordering system, coupled with a computerized method of detailing adverse reactions can help to significantly reduce the number of medication errors within psychiatric units. The system can help psychiatric staff to effectively keep track of not only psychotropic medications and effects, but also track and analyse the effects of other essential drug therapies in combination.

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Dietary Supplement SAMe Beneficial In Treating Depression

A new study released by Harvard Medical School and MGH suggests S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe), an over the counter dietary supplement, could help treat patients with major depressive disorders. Patients who took SAMe in combination with traditional antidepressants had a greater response to the therapies and were less prone to remission that patients under a placebo test group.

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