D. B. Fairweather

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Fifteen healthy smokers and 15 non-smokers were enrolled into this study investigating the effects of smoking on overnight performance. Subjects arrived at the test centre at 1930 hours and were assessed at baseline (2000 hours) and at 2200, 0000, 0200, 0400, 0600, and 0800 hours on a battery of tests (including Critical Flicker Fusion, CFF; Choice Reaction(More)
AIMS To assess whether fexofenadine in a range of doses from 80 to 180 mg has any disruptive effects on aspects of psychomotor and cognitive function in comparison with placebo, loratadine and promethazine, an antihistamine known to produce psychomotor and cognitive impairment. METHODS Twenty-four healthy volunteers received fexofenadine 80 mg, 120 mg and(More)
The therapeutic efficacy of a hypnotic can not be judged solely on its ability to induce and improve sleep. Many of the older compounds produce residual effects the next morning, such as impaired performance, lack of concentration and day-time sedation. This "hangover" phenomena will only serve to make the problem worse rather than better. The patient's(More)
We gave 24 healthy elderly volunteers with a perceived sleep onset of at least 30 minutes zolpidem 5 mg, zolpidem 10 mg, or placebo for 7 days in a double-blind, three-way, crossover study. The morning after nocturnal dosing, psychomotor performance and cognitive ability were measured using tests which are sensitive to the residual effects of hypnotics and(More)
We gave 12 healthy male volunteers single doses of 50 mg fluvoxamine, 100 mg fluvoxamine, 75 mg dothiepin, and placebo in a double-blind crossover study. Subjects completed a test battery that was sensitive to the behaviourally toxic effects of psychoactive drugs prior to dosing, and then at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 h after dose. The test battery included tasks of(More)
1. The effects of fengabine were compared with those of amitriptyline in healthy elderly volunteers. Doses were administered double-blind and assessments were made before and after ingestion. 2. Psychomotor performance and cognitive ability were measured using tests of choice reaction time, tracking, critical flicker fusion threshold, memory scanning and(More)
Psychomotor retardation is a recognised symptom of depressive illness, and improvement in psychomotor function is associated with the amelioration of the severity of depressive symptoms. Actigraphy permits behavioural activity to be continuously assessed, allowing changes in psychomotor activity to be monitored over time. A randomised, parallel-group,(More)
Suriclone is a new anxiolytic drug belonging to the family of cyclopyrrolones. The effects of acute and repeated doses of suriclone on subjective sleep, psychomotor performance and cognitive function were compared to those of placebo in young and elderly volunteers. Young volunteers randomly received suriclone 0.2 mg, 0.3 mg, 0.4 mg or placebo tid, and the(More)
Fifteen healthy male volunteers aged over 60 years received acute and repeated doses of paroxetine 20 mg or placebo, and acute doses of lorazepam 1 mg (as a positive internal control) with or without alcohol (0.6 g/kg of body weight) administered openly in a double blind balanced crossover study in which each subject acted as his own control. Psychomotor(More)