Many Foster Kids Inappropriately Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

September 18, 2018

A report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that 1 in 3 foster children sampled in 5 states received the drugs without treatment plans or follow-up.

Many Older Adults Transition to Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use

September 14, 2018

The researchers found that 26.4% of adults met the definition of long-term use 1 year after the index prescription; they were prescribed a mean of 232.7 benzodiazepine days.

TMS Device Cleared to Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By August 17, 2018

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.

Phase 3 Trial of Potential PTSD Treatment Halted

By July 27, 2018

Participants in the trial were randomized to receive Tonmya 5.6mg sublingually at bedtime for 12 weeks or placebo sublingual tablets.

Dasotraline Effective in Phase 3 Binge Eating Disorder Trial

By July 25, 2018

The results from this trial follow similar positive findings from a flexible-dose study of dasotraline.

Withdrawal Symptoms Following SNRI Discontinuation Investigated

By July 19, 2018

Results showed that discontinuation of any SNRI was associated with withdrawal symptoms, with the highest prevalence linked to venlafaxine and desvenlafaxine.

Harmful Internet "Challenges" and Teens: A Guide for Primary Care Providers

July 12, 2018

Discussions involving Internet challenges with children and adolescents should be as sensitive as those about sexuality and drug or alcohol use.

Various PTSD Treatments Evaluated in Updated Review

By May 25, 2018

To update a previous review, researchers searched various databases from May 2012 to September 2017 to identify studies comparing the safety and efficacy of various PTSD interventions.

Anxiety Levels Tied to Bone Mineral Density Post-Menopause

May 14, 2018

There was a significant correlation for anxiety levels with age, menopausal age, years since menopause, and depressive symptoms; multiple regression analysis predicted reduced BMD in the lumbar spine.

Lymphoma, Leukemia Survivors Have Increased Health Care Use

May 10, 2018

The researchers found that survivors of lymphoma and CLL contacted their general practitioner and medical specialist more often within the last year vs the control population.

Antidepressant Medications and Headache: Is There a Link?

By May 03, 2018

Compared to placebo, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were associated with a significantly higher risk of headache (risk ratio [RR] 1.06, 95% CI: 1.00 to 1.13; P =.045).

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Reduces PTSD Symptoms

May 03, 2018

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy effective, well tolerated for veterans and first responders with PTSD

Clinically Significant Anxiety Tied to Subsequent Dementia Risk

May 01, 2018

The researchers observed a positive correlation between clinically significant anxiety and future dementia in all studies. A meta-analysis was not conducted due to the heterogeneity between the studies.

Adults Using Benzodiazepines More Likely to Receive Opioid Rx

April 20, 2018

Increase in new opioid prescriptions for U.S. adults using benzodiazepines stopped in 2010

Yoga, Mindfulness Aid Anxiety in Elementary School Children

April 16, 2018

Improvements in emotional, psychosocial quality of life seen with eight-week classroom intervention

SSRIs vs SNRIs: Efficacy Compared for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders

By March 19, 2018

The authors noted that treatment with SSRIs led to significantly greater improvement by the second week of treatment vs. SNRIs (P=0.0268); this benefit remained statistically significant through Week 12.

Off-Label Baclofen Use for Alcohol Use Disorders: Is it Effective?

By February 26, 2018

Data showed a significant effect on abstinence rates with the use of baclofen (odds ratio [OR] 2.67, 95% CI: 1.03, 6.93) but no other significant effects on treatment efficacy (heavy drinking days SMD -0.26, 95% CI: -0.68, 0.15) or mechanism of action (craving SMD: -0.13, 95% CI: -0.36, 0.09) were seen.

Has Benzodiazepine Use Declined in Those Over 65?

February 26, 2018

There were significant declines in prevalent use in the U.S. Incidence and prevalence also decreased with age.

Prazosin Ineffective for Alleviating PTSD-Related Nightmares, Says Study

February 08, 2018

For veterans with chronic PTSD, no significant difference in distressing dreams, sleep quality

Patient's Trypophobia Linked to Treatment With Gabapentin

By February 05, 2018

Trypophobia is a feeling of aversion or fear in response to visual images of arrays of small holes.

Are Psychiatric Drugs Being Overprescribed in Children and Adolescents?

By January 30, 2018

"Our results show that, at a population level, prescriptions of stimulants and antidepressant medications for children and adolescents do not appear to be prescribed at rates higher than the known rates for psychiatric conditions they are designed to treat," said the study's lead author, Dr. Ryan Sultan.

Written Exposure Therapy Found to Be Effective for PTSD

January 24, 2018

The 24-week assessment showed the largest difference between treatments. The WET group had significantly fewer dropouts than the CPT group (4 versus 25).

Is Pregabalin Effective for Benzodiazepine Discontinuation?

By January 11, 2018

For this study, researchers from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy investigated the available evidence for the use of pregabalin in benzodiazepine discontinuation.

Study Reveals Why Women Leave Medicine More Often Than Men

January 05, 2018

More women are entering medical school but still there are more male doctors.

TCA-Induced Delirium in a Young Patient: Why Drug Titration Is Important

By January 04, 2018

Predisposing factors may contribute to delirium in patients taking tricyclic antidepressants.

Paternal SSRI Use Before Conception Linked to Offspring ADHD

December 11, 2017

After adjustment for potential confounders, exposed children had a 26% increased risk of ADHD compared with unexposed children.

Recall: Syringes Labeled for Sedation Med Instead Contain Antiemetic

By November 06, 2017

Dose-dependent serious cardiac arrhythmias may be observed with higher dosages of ondansetron in those patients with certain pre-existing cardiac conditions.

Valbenazine Granted Orphan Drug Designation for Tourette Syndrome

By October 25, 2017

Valbenazine is already approved and marketed as Ingrezza in the US to treat adults with tardive dyskinesia

HBOT Linked to Significant Reduction in PTSD Symptoms

By October 20, 2017

Following completion of all treatments 12 (52%) of the 23 subjects who initially met PTSD Checklist-Military (PCL-M) for diagnosis no longer met the threshold criteria.

Anxiety Disorders and Maternal, Fetal Outcomes Investigated

September 14, 2017

The researchers observed no correlation for panic disorder or GAD with maternal or neonatal complications of interest, in adjusted models.