Alessandro Valchera

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INTRODUCTION The atypical antipsychotic (APs) drugs have become the most widely used agents to treat a variety of psychoses because of their superiority with regard to safety and tolerability profile compared to conventional/'typical' APs. AREAS COVERED We aimed at providing a synthesis of most current evidence about the safety and tolerability profile of(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate alexithymia, dissociative experiences, and Internet addiction (IA) in a nonclinical sample of 312 undergraduate students, identifying predictive factors associated with the possible risk of developing IA. We found that alexithymics had more consistent dissociative experiences, lower self-esteem, and higher(More)
Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant drug that binds to the α₂δ (alpha2delta) subunit of the voltage-dependent calcium channel in central nervous system (CNS). Pregabalin decreases the release of neurotransmitters, including glutamate, norepinephrine, substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide. Purpose of this paper is to offer a qualitative overview of the(More)
The aim of the present study is to evaluate the role of CRP and Total Cholesterol (TC) in patients suffering from type I Bipolar Disorder (BD-I). Moreover, the goal is to elucidate possible CRP and TC differences in different phases of BD-I: acute mania, euthymia and bipolar depression. Medical records of 90 BD-I patients (30 patients with acute mania, 30(More)
BACKGROUND Agomelatine modulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression via its interaction with melatonergic and serotonergic receptors and has shown promising results in terms of brain-derived neurotrophic factor increase in animal models. METHODS Twenty-seven patients were started on agomelatine (25mg/d). Venous blood was collected and(More)
Dopamine-glutamate interplay dysfunctions have been suggested as pathophysiological key determinants of major psychotic disorders, above all schizophrenia and mood disorders. For the most part, synaptic interactions between dopamine and glutamate signaling pathways take part in the postsynaptic density, a specialized ultrastructure localized under the(More)
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is among the most frequent comorbidities occurring in the course of Parkinson's disease (PD), and therefore, most PD patients receive antidepressant drugs. Agomelatine is a recently introduced antidepressant drug acting as an MT1/MT2 melatonergic receptor agonist and 5HT2C/5HT2B serotonergic antagonist. The aim of this case(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the antidepressant efficacy of S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe) both in monotherapy and/or in augmentation with antidepressants to better understand its potential role in the treatment of patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). DATA SOURCES A MEDLINE/PubMed search was carried out by using(More)
Agomelatine, a melatonergic antidepressant with a rapid onset of action, is one of the most recent drugs in the antidepressant category. Agomelatine's antidepressant actions are attributed to its sleep-promoting and chronobiotic actions mediated by MT1 and MT2 receptors present in the suprachiasmatic nucleus, as well as to its effects on the blockade of(More)