Bijan Bastani

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Preliminary results of a non-blinded prospective study of the effect of clozapine on symptomatology and social function in 51 treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients are reported. The mean duration of treatment at the time of this report was 10.3±8.1 months, median 7.6 months. Overall, 3/51 patients (60.8%) showed at least a 20% decrease in total BPRS, a(More)
The effect of approximately six months of treatment with clozapine on the quality of life of 38 treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients was prospectively studied in an open trial. The Quality of Life Scale was used to provide an objective measure of changes in patients' psychosocial functioning. Significant improvement was noted on all four factors of(More)
Clozapine can produce greater clinical improvement in both positive and negative symptoms than typical antipsychotic drugs in neuroleptic-resistant schizophrenic patients. The clinical response may occur rapidly in some patients but is delayed in others. Clozapine has also been reported to produce fewer parkinsonian symptoms, to involve a lower risk of(More)
To examine further the serotoninergic system in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the plasma concentrations of cortisol and prolactin and the behavioral responses after oral administration of MK-212 (6-chloro-2-[1-piperazinyl]-pyrazine), a serotonin agonist, and placebo were studied in 17 patients with OCD and nine normal controls. The two groups did not(More)
It has been suggested that the clinical efficacy of chronic treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine and perhaps all antidepressants is due to their ability to enhance serotonergic activity. The effects of chronic treatment with fluoxetine or tricyclic antidepressants on the L-5-hydroxytryptophan (200 mg, L-5-HTP;(More)
OBJECTIVE This investigation was performed to assess the efficacy and safety of zolpidem extended-release in patients with insomnia associated with major depressive disorder (MDD). METHOD Patients (N = 385) received open-label escitalopram 10 mg/d and were randomized to concomitant zolpidem extended-release 12.5 mg/night or placebo for 8 weeks (phase 1)(More)
The effects of 6-chloro-2-(1-piperaziny)pyrazine (MK-212), a centrally acting 5-HT1C/5-HT2 agonist, on body temperature and behavior were assessed using a single-blind cross-over design in 23 schizophrenic patients and 22 normal controls. Body temperature was assessed before drug administration and at 30-min intervals for 3 hr. Each subject was administered(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to determine whether clozapine is a cost-effective treatment for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. METHOD Data were collected on 96 treatment-resistant patients with schizophrenia for 2 years before they entered a clozapine treatment study and for at least 2 years after they entered the study. Information about the(More)
14C-Serotonin (5-HT) uptake and 3H-imipramine binding (IB) were studied in the blood platelets of 20 obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients, 53 normal controls (5-HT uptake) and 32 normal controls (IB binding). The maximum number of binding sites (Bmax) was significantly decreased in OCD patients compared to normal controls, but there was no(More)