Tag Archives: Barbiturates

Treatment of Insomnia

Several classes of medications are used in the treatment of insomnia. They include the benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, antidepressants, and over-the-counter medications. There are six benzodiazepines that are specifically marketed as hypnotics in the United States or in Canada: flurazepam, temazepam, triazolam, estazolam, quazepam, and (in Canada only) nitrazepam. Several other benzodiazepines (e.g., lorazepam, clonazepam, oxazepam),… Read More »

Current Therapies for Insomnia

Most individuals who suffer from insomnia either self-treat with nonprescription sleep aids (e.g., antihistamines, herbal remedies), use alcohol as a sedative, or take no drug therapy at all. For those who do seek professional help (approximately one-third of insomniacs), the majority receive physician-prescribed benzodiazepine or non-benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics to treat their insomnia. Such hypnotic agents… Read More »

Treatment of Anxiety in the Medically Ill

Psychotherapy An overemphasis on psychopharmacology in the care of medically ill patients may result in overlooking the value of psychotherapy. The first step in the treatment of anxiety is to spend time listening to and talking with the patient. Just as in psychotherapy with any patient, empathic listening is a powerful tool to relieve distress.… Read More »

Neurosteroids

The term neurosteroid was introduced in 1981 (). Evidence that the brain can be a steroidogenic tissue was derived from the finding that substantial quantities of pregnenolone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), their sulfate esters, and their fatty acid esters were found in the central nervous system (CNS) of mice, rats, pigs, guinea pigs, monkeys, and humans ().… Read More »

Neurosteroids as anxiolytics

The first evidence that neurosteroids might represent endogenous anxiolytic agents was derived from behavioral changes occurring during pregnancy and PMS and from associated circulating plasma progesterone levels (). The assumption that progesterone and its neuroactive metabolites possess anxiolytic activity through their action at the GABAA receptor complex related to the estrous cycle or pregnancy was… Read More »

Overview of New Anxiolytics

Although the benzodiazepines have been the treatment of choice for anxiety disorders for many years, unfavorable aspects to their side-effect profile have initiated efforts to develop new-generation antianxiety agents. Over the past decade, scientists have been searching for compounds that retain the robust anxiolytic efficacy of benzodiazepines, but lack a number of unwanted properties, including… Read More »

Specific Migraine-Preventive Agents: Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsant medication is increasingly recommended for migraine prevention, because it was proved to be effective by placebo-controlled, double-blind trials. With the exceptions of valproic acid, topiramate, and zonisamide, anticonvulsants may interfere substantially with the efficacy of oral contraceptives. Nine controlled trials of five different anticonvulsants were included in the AHCPR Technical Report. Carbamazepine The only… Read More »

Treatment Of Childhood Absence Epilepsy

Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) typically requires treatment because the seizures are frequent and interfere with normal cognitive functioning. International League Against Epilepsy Guidelines (Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy) According to the ILAE guidelines, the absence of class I and class II randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for children with absence seizures implies a marked deficiency in adequately powered,… Read More »

Outgrowing Epilepsy in Children

Slightly more than half of the children who have epilepsy outgrow it. This simple and positive fact raises important questions: Which children should be treated? How much medication should they receive? How long should antiepileptic drugs be used? Doctors’ views on antiepileptic drugs have changed. Several decades ago, many doctors believed that seizures must be… Read More »

Epilepsy in Adolescence

The passage from childhood to adulthood is surrounded by issues of rebellion, indepen dence, heightened self-consciousness, experimentation, dating, driving, and concerns for the future. Adolescents and their parents share the highs and lows of this often stormy period, and communication between them is essential to temper its turbulence. This is a challenge for both parents… Read More »