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Pharmacological Treatment of Dementia

General guidelines for psychotropic medication use in frail elderly patients are applicable. Systematic evidence to support the effectiveness of particular psychotropic drugs in dementia patients is limited. Therefore, choice of drug class may be based on clinical evidence, and choice of agent is often based on the side-effect profile and on the characteristics of a… Read More »

Nonstimulant medications in the treatment of adults with ADHD

Here are some important points regarding nonstimulants in the treatment of adults with ADHD. Tricyclic antidepressants and bupropion are second-line therapies. Antidepressant dosing of the agents appears necessary for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder efficacy. Serotonergic medications do not appear effective in the treatment of core attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms but may be useful for… Read More »

Bipolar Depression: Antidepressants

Tricyclic Antidepressants Literature is sparse on controlled studies of tricyclic antidepressants for bipolar depression. Tricyclic antidepressants are more effective in the treatment of unipolar depression than in bipolar depression. The risk of switching patients from bipolar depression to mania and of shortening cycle lengths makes tricyclic antidepressants unattractive choices for the treatment of bipolar depression.… Read More »

Social Anxiety Disorder

Epidemiology of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) SAD (social anxiety disorder) (social anxiety disorder), also known as social phobia, is characterised by excessive fear of embarrassment or humiliation in social situations, which in turn leads to marked distress or avoidance of these situations and functional impairment as described in DSM-IV-TR. It is a common disorder with… Read More »

Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

Current recommended treatment options for social anxiety disorder include pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Although several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have failed to show efficacy for beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD), it has been suggested that these agents may be useful in non-generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD), patients with performance anxiety… 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 »

What medications are used to treat ADHD in women and girls?

Research and clinical experience have shown that stimulant medications are the most effective first-line treatment for ADHD in both males and females. Currently, there are many medication formulations, including stimulants (methylphenidate and amphetamine preparations) and nonstimulants for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Although a few skeptics continue to voice concerns over the prescription of medication… Read More »

Combining of two psychotropic agents

Question. My question involves the combining of two psychotropic agents. I am unclear why it is done and why it works. I treat chronically ill patients, mostly with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. They are treated with agents that functionally decrease dopamine, i.e. Haldol, Clozaril etc. If they become depressed, and the depression does not respond… Read More »

Caffeine and Psychotropics

Question. Are there any psychotropics that have a negative interaction with caffeine? Is caffeine bad for people with certain disorders? Answer. There are certainly psychotropics that can interact with caffeine in clinically important ways, though not always in bad ways. First, though, it’s important to distinguish two types of drug-drug interactions. In one type of… Read More »

When to Introduce Antipsychotics

Question. When do you feel antipsychotics should be used to treat anxiety? My patient is very distressed, cannot concentrate and has a hard time with rational thought. He suggested this as a possible option, but what do you think? Answer. Unless the anxiety is really secondary to a psychotic process, I would argue that the… Read More »