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BACKGROUND Characteristic behaviors of some alcohol-dependent individuals, e.g., binge drinking, comorbid psychopathology, and some types of alcohol-related problems, have been linked to abnormalities in serotonergic neurotransmission. However, studies that have evaluated serotonergic pharmacotherapy for reducing drinking have yielded conflicting results.(More)
Clinical studies that have evaluated serotonergic medications to reduce alcohol consumption have yielded conflicting results. These studies primarily treated patients with alcohol dependence, excluding those with a current depressive disorder, in an effort to differentiate any medication effects directly on drinking from those on mood. Yet despite the(More)
Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) has received increasing attention as a potential biological marker for heavy drinking or as an objective marker of relapse in patients who are treated for alcohol dependence. Previous studies have demonstrated the utility of CDT among men, but there are fewer and inconsistent reports on the utility of CDT among(More)
A selective and highly reproducible, multi-column HPLC method is described for the analysis of the following cardiovascular drugs: lidocaine, pindolol, metoprolol, oxprenolol, diltiazem and verapamil, in serum. Column-switching devices are employed in combination with advanced separation media technologies for the automated analysis of samples containing(More)
We examined differences in clinical presentation for outpatient alcohol treatment in: 1) males and females, considering comorbidity; and 2) three comorbid groups, considering gender. Drinking indices and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse reports were compared in 127 male and 69 female alcohol-dependent patients who have a current (36.2%) or lifetime(More)
This study examined plasma cotinine replacement levels of 56 outpatient smokers administered a 21 mg/day transdermal nicotine patch (Nicoderm CQ ). The percentage of cotinine replacement ranged from 35 to 232% (mean 107%; median 90.5%). Four subject variables were found to be significantly correlated with percentage of cotinine replacement-baseline cotinine(More)
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