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Although the monoamine oxidase inhibitor phenelzine has proven efficacious in social phobia, the risk of hypertensive crises has reduced its acceptability. The reversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor moclobemide has less potential for such reactions, but its efficacy in this disorder remains unproven. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was undertaken… (More)
BACKGROUND Symptoms of serotonergic overstimulation may resemble depressive symptoms. Postulating that overmedication with fluoxetine can appear as response failure (as norfluoxetine accumulates), systematic trials of lower doses were conducted in patients who failed to respond despite apparent initial improvements. METHOD Of 23 consecutive outpatients… (More)
OBJECTIVE In obsessive-compulsive disorder, the relationship between blood levels of serotonin reuptake inhibitors and clinical outcome is unclear. In a multicenter trial, the authors examined the relationship between steady state plasma levels of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine (determined after 7 weeks of treatment), and their sum, and clinical outcome. … (More)
A polysomnographic study was conducted on 10 outpatients with major depression at baseline and during 4 to 8 weeks of open-trial treatment with nefazodone (400 to 600 mg/day). All 10 patients were treatment responders as evidenced by at least 50% reduction from baseline scores on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Nefazodone was associated with… (More)
Chronic exposure to high glucocorticoid levels in Cushing's syndrome (CS) is often associated with alterations in the hemostatic system and the expression of prothrombotic phenotypes. Increased frequency of both atherothrombotic and venous thromboembolic events (VTE) has been reported in patients with CS. In general, cardiovascular complications in these… (More)
The effects of fluoxetine (FLU) and its active metabolite, norfluoxetine (NFLU), on the polysomnogram (PSG) of nine depressed outpatients (eight with major depression; one with bipolar II, depressed phase disorder) were investigated by contrasting PSG values prior to treatment and during administration of FLU. The PSG changes were correlated with daily… (More)
The hemodynamic effects of physostigmine, a cholinomimetic drug used in the experimental treatment of Alzheimer's disease, are largely unknown. The author describes the development of episodes of hypertension in an elderly patient with Alzheimer's disease following treatment with oral physostigmine.