Case Studies in Psychopharmacology: The Use of Drugs in by David Taylor, Carol Paton

By David Taylor, Carol Paton

Case reviews in Psychopharmacology is an authoritative textual content written by means of pharmacists for pharmacists, medical professionals and nurses operating in psychiatry. The individuals, all revered specialists of their box, use case experiences drawn from their very own wide services to demonstrate the choices made in treating sufferers being affected by a variety of psychiatric issues. those vignettes elevate very important questions referring to administration. The bankruptcy authors systematically evaluate the entire to be had proof, proposing moderate administration judgements to steer the daily remedy of the sufferers. the result's a pragmatic and finished e-book, supplying thought of and well-supported suggestion at the use of psychotropics in the entire universal healing parts encountered in psychiatric and common perform.

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4. How are adverse effects managed? Answers 1.. What is the drug of choice in this patient? SK is evidently suffering from schizophrenia which is refractory to treatment. Clozapine is the only drug shown unequivocally to be effective in refractory schizophrenia and it is therefore the drug of choice in SK. Evidence of the efficacy of clozapine in refractory schizophrenia derives largely from the seminal study of Kane et al (1988). Subjects in this study were defined as treatment resistant: each had received at least three antipsychotics at high dose for six weeks and had not responded.

32 Case studies in psychopharmacology: the use of drugs in psychiatry Questions 1. Is urinary incontinence likely to be caused by clozapine? What are the treatment options? 2. How is clozapine-induced hypertension best managed? 3. Why might valproate be prescribed with clozapine? Answers 1.. Is urinary incontinence likely to be caused by clozapine? What are the treatment options? Yes. 23% (Lieberman, 1998) to 27% (Centorino et al, 1994). It is an embarrassing side-effect and as such is likely to be underreported by patients.

In conclusion, while conventional antipsychotics may treat negative symptoms that are secondary to acute positive symptoms, or decrease relapse rates and prevent the development of chronic symptoms, there is no evidence to show that they have significant efficacy against primary enduring negative symptoms. This is complicated by the fact that conventional antipsychotics may cause so-called secondary negative symptoms (due to EPSEs). Negative symptoms 3. Are atypical antipsychotics effective against primary negative symptoms?

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