Rasmon Kalayasiri

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BACKGROUND Variation in the gene for dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DbetaH) has been reported to associate with cocaine-induced paranoia as assessed by retrospective self-report. This association has yet to be tested prospectively. METHODS Visual analog scale (VAS) ratings of paranoia were obtained in 31 cocaine users during three cocaine self-administration(More)
Cocaine-induced paranoia (CIP) has been extensively studied by retrospective interviews; however, only limited efforts have been made to further characterize CIP by human laboratory methods. We examined CIP in 28 healthy cocaine-dependent volunteers, who participated in 2-h, intravenous cocaine self-administration sessions at 8, 16, and 32 mg/70 kg doses,(More)
BACKGROUND In rodents, cocaine self-administration under a fixed-ratio schedule and with timeout intervals limited to the duration of the infusions is characterized by an initial burst of drug intake (loading) followed by more stable infusion rates (maintenance). We sought to examine whether similar phases might characterize self-regulated cocaine use in(More)
To our knowledge, only a few double-blind randomized controlled trials with antipsychotic drugs have been conducted to examine the treatment of methamphetamine-induced psychosis (MAP). The aims of this study are to compare the antipsychotic and adverse events of quetiapine, an atypical antipsychotic drug, to haloperidol, a standard treatment for primary(More)
RATIONALE We recently conducted a pilot study supporting the feasibility, safety, and validity of a human laboratory model of ad libitum cocaine administration in which subjects self-selected the timing of infusions. The current study extends this work to include a randomized design with a test-retest component in a larger sample. OBJECTIVES To(More)
This study aimed to examine sex differences in cocaine self-administration and cocaine-induced subjective and cardiovascular measures. The research was based on secondary analysis of data collected in our human laboratory in which subjects self-administered cocaine infusions (8, 16 and 32 mg/70 kg) over a 2-hour period under a fixed ratio 1, 5 minute time(More)
BACKGROUND Cigarette craving usually occurs in conjunction with unpleasant feelings, including stress, as part of a withdrawal syndrome. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), a behavioral technique used to reduce stress by concentrating on achieving muscle relaxation, may reduce levels of cigarette craving and other substance-related negative feelings and(More)
Because isolated populations offer relative genetic and environmental homogeneity, they are important resources for mapping genes for complex traits. Reliable and valid phenotypic characterization of the disease in the population studied is essential. We examined diagnostic reliability and concurrent validity of DSM-IV opioid dependence (OD) in a Hmong(More)
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