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The most important clinical picture of syphilis for psychiatry is that of progressive paralysis. It is an organic psychosis with varying psychopathology. Therefore, nearly all patients in psychiatric departments undergo lues screening (TPHA) on admission. A cost-benefit analysis is presented. In the examination period from 1 January 1983 to 30 September(More)
Four in-patients with moderate alcohol-withdrawal syndromes benefited from treatment with gabapentin administered in an add-on fashion to clomethiazole. In comparison with the amount of clomethiazole required as estimated using a specially developed score during previous detoxifications of these patients at our hospital, gabapentin (400 mg q.i.d.) clearly(More)
RATIONALE Delayed beneficial effects of gabapentin on mood were frequently reported in various patient populations. This is the first controlled study which addressed acute effects of gabapentin on mood. METHODS Analysis of the German version of Profile of Mood States (POMS) throughout a randomised placebo-controlled, double-blinded study of gabapentin on(More)
1. The brain is a target for sex steroid hormones. As a result of sex hormone actions on the brain various behavioral changes are observed in animal and man. This paper gives a brief overview over the multiple central nervous functions that are under modulatory control of sexual hormones and describes the complex sex steroid actions on the brain by giving(More)
Abstract The narcotically active progesterone metabolite 3alpha-hydroxy-5alpha-pregnan-20-one (HPO) modulates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmission by direct actions on the GABA(A)-receptor complex. In the present investigation, the formation of HPO was quantified in man. Twenty-four h urine samples were collected during the night (2300 to 0700(More)
Although both alcohol intoxication and withdrawal have been demonstrated to produce significant endocrine alterations, no data exist on the effects of acute withdrawal on immune functions. Therefore, the current study investigated the effect of alcohol intoxication and acute withdrawal on plasma cortisol, prolactin and catecholamines, and blood leukocyte(More)
A few case reports and data from animal experiments point to a possible efficacy of gabapentin (GP) in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). Because of ethical considerations, the efficacy of GP in acute AWS was tested in an add-on fashion to clomethiazole (CLO). Given that the symptom-triggered amount of CLO required to limit AWS within the(More)
Perimenopause is characterized by decreasing levels of estrogens and progesterone until gonadal secretion comes to a complete halt. There are still very different views and positions on the significance of the menopause. Physical, mental-vegetative and depressive symptoms during climacteric are different in each culture. Currently, there is some controversy(More)
Choreatiform hyperkinesias are known to be occasional movement abnormalities during intoxications with cocaine but not opiates. This is a case report of euphoria and choreoathetoid movements both transiently induced by rapid adjustment to the selective mu-opioid receptor agonist methadone in an inpatient previously abusing heroine and cocaine. In addition,(More)
This study compared fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA) with a high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method from the point of view of their applicability to therapeutic drug monitoring of patients treated with clomipramine alone. Blood was withdrawn from 20 depressed inpatients (54 +/- 14 years) under steady state conditions. The FPIA(More)