Andreas Meier

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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)
Increased activity of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis is an important aspect of the pathophysiology of major depression and schizophrenia. Despite the usefulness of atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of depression and their positive influence on cognitive functioning possibly related to their impact on cortisol, little is known about(More)
The effect of the diuretic chlorthalidone (100 mg/day for 6 weeks) on serum lipoproteins was evaluated in 37 subjects. In 19 men with essential hypertension (aged 41 +/- 3 yr), 8 normal men (26 +/- 3 yr), or all of these men considered together, chlorthalidone significantly increased serum low density lipoprotein--cholesterol (LDL-C) by 20% (p less than(More)
Aripiprazole, a novel antipsychotic agent, is assumed to be a “dopamine-serotonin system stabilizer”. According to preclinical studies, aripiprazole exerts partial agonistic action on D2 and 5-HT1A receptors. Thus, it may block a receptor if it is overstimulated and stimulate a receptor when activity is needed. It also has antagonist properties at 5-HT2A(More)
Fourteen patients with untreated mild to moderate essential hypertension had, on average, an abnormally high cardiovascular reactivity to exogenous noradrenaline and angiotensin II, while plasma noradrenaline, renin activity, exchangeable body sodium, and blood volume were normal. Treatment with a low dose of indapamide (2.5 mg/day) for 6 weeks decreased(More)
5-HT receptors were studied in human occipital arteries, obtained from patients during neurosurgery. We detected mRNA for the following receptors (incidence): 5-HT1B (14/18), 5-HT1D (15/18), 5-HT2A (16/18), 5-HT2B (8/8), 5-HT4(a) (13/18), 5-HT4(b) (5/18), 5-HT4(g) (7/18), 5-HT4(i) (1/18), 5-HT7(a/b) (10/18) and 5-HT7(d) (12/18). 5-HT contracted and relaxed(More)
Twenty-three patients with untreated mild to moderate essential hypertension had on the average an abnormally increased cardiovascular pressor responsiveness to exogenous norepinephrine (NE), while plasma and urinary NE, exchangeable body sodium and blood volume were normal. An increased pressor responsiveness to angiotensin II in these patients was(More)
The efficacy and side effects of two potent vasodilatators, namely diazoxide and minoxidil given orally, were compared in 11 patients who had hypertension refractory to conventional drug treatment. The latter included diuretics, betablockers and/or sympatholytics, and either dihydralazine or prazosin. In a crossover approach, dihydralazine and prazosin were(More)
Several blood-pressure-regulating factors including exchangeable sodium, blood volume, plasma renin, aldosterone, norepinephrine (NE), and epinephrine (E) levels, urinary catecholamine excretion rates, and cardiovascular responsiveness to infused NE and angiotensin II (AII) were compared among age-matched subgroups of normal subjects (15 with normal weight,(More)