Psychopharmacology

News, research and articles relating to psychopharmacology.

New Research Suggests Link Between Opioid Abuse And Anxiety Disorders

New Research Suggests Link Between Opioid Abuse And Anxiety Disorders

New research presented in the Journal of Psychological Medicine has suggested that people suffering from mood or anxiety disorders could be more likely to abuse opioids.

Growing Evidence For Chronic Serotonin Loss In Ecstasy Users

Growing Evidence For Chronic Serotonin Loss In Ecstasy Users

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered that recreational use of the ‘rave drug’ ecstasy produces long term serotonin neurotoxicity.

Drug Errors Reduced In Psychiatric Unit Thanks To Computerized System

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.

Report Details Psychotropic Medication Oversight In Foster Care

Report Details Psychotropic Medication Oversight In Foster Care

The Tufts CTSI has today released a multi-state study on psychotropic medication oversight in foster care. The research notes a majority of states reviewed within the study reported an increase of minors within the foster care system taking psychotropic medications.

Researchers Detail Sequence Of Reactions Caused By Prozac At Neuronal Level

Researchers Detail Sequence Of Reactions Caused By Prozac At Neuronal Level

New research details, for the first time, the sequence of reactions caused by popular SSRI antidepressant, Prozac, at a neuronal level.

Dietary Supplement SAMe Beneficial In Treating Depression

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.

Disulfiram Effective Treatment For Cocaine Addiction

Disulfiram Effective Treatment For Cocaine Addiction

New research released in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology has shown that the drug Disulfiram, commonly used to treat alcoholism, can also help treat cocaine addiction.

Lack Of Evidence To Support SSRI Treatments For Autism

Lack Of Evidence To Support SSRI Treatments For Autism

New research shows that SSRI antidepressants should not be recommended for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders as there is a lack of evidence as to their effectiveness.

Behavioral Therapy And Memory Boosting Drug Helps Avoid Cocaine Relapse

Behavioral Therapy And Memory Boosting Drug Helps Avoid Cocaine Relapse

A new study shows that extinction therapy couple with D-cycloserine could help cocaine addicts to avoid relapse.

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