Andrea Rodenbeck

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BACKGROUND Over recent years, the use of antidepressants for the symptomatic treatment of insomnia has grown substantially, but controlled studies are still lacking. Our study is the first investigation to prove objective efficacy and tolerability of low doses of a sedating antidepressant in a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled manner in(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of quetiapine, an atypical antipsychotic, on polysomnographic sleep structure and subjective sleep quality. This double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized cross-over study investigated the polysomnographic sleep structure and subjective sleep quality of 14 healthy male subjects given placebo,(More)
In recent years, sedating antidepressants have been increasingly used to treat primary insomnia. Up to now, only one open pilot study with trimipramine and one double-blind placebo-controlled study with doxepin have provided scientific support for this approach in treating primary insomnia. In order to test the hypothesis that sedating antidepressants are(More)
Assessment of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is highly important in neurodegenerative disorders and neuroleptic treatment. However, conflicting results have been reported, which may arise from methodological difficulties. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome with episodic hypoxia-reoxygenation is proposed as a human model for the investigation of ROS(More)
Much has been speculated about the existence of a physiological coupling between melatonin and glucocorticoid secretion and about a possible anti-stress action of melatonin. We examined the relationship between melatonin and glucocorticoid secretion under close-to-physiological conditions, when the plasma concentration of either melatonin or glucocorticoids(More)
In two 4-week polysomnography pilot studies with 10 patients each, we investigated the efficacy of oral lisuride as monotherapy in de novo RLS patients as well as in combination with levodopa in advanced RLS. Daily doses at study end were 0.3 mg lisuride, plus 150 mg levodopa in the combination study. Marked improvements occurred in both studies in(More)
BACKGROUND Narcolepsy is characterised by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy. Histamine neurons are crucial to maintain wakefulness. We assessed the safety and efficacy of pitolisant (previously called BF2.649), a selective histamine H3 receptor inverse agonist that activates these neurons, in patients with narcolepsy. METHODS For this(More)
Polysomnographic sleep patterns and melatonin secretion were investigated in 10 patients (age: 41.3 +/- 9.5 years) who suffered from chronic primary insomnia and complained predominantly about difficulties in maintaining sleep and in five healthy controls (age 27.2 +/- 0.7 years). Nocturnal plasma melatonin concentrations were obtained hourly, measured by(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES The prostaglandin D system plays an important role in animal sleep. In humans, alterations in the prostaglandin D system have been found in diseases exhibiting sleep disturbances as a prominent symptom, such as trypanosoma infection, systemic mastocytosis, bacterial meningitis, major depression, or obstructive sleep apnea. Assessment of(More)
Assessment of serum total homocysteine (tHcy) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome is highly relevant since both are strongly associated with stroke and cognitive dysfunction. Seven of 16 untreated OSA patients showed tHcy levels exceeding 11.7 µmol/l. The circadian pattern of serum tHcy in untreated and treated patients (p < 0.001)(More)