Tanja Veselinović

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Antipsychotics are the most common cause of pharmacologically induced hyperprolactinemia. Although this adverse effect was the subject of numerous observations, the mechanisms and promotive factors were not completely investigated yet. Increased awareness of clinical consequences of hyperprolactinemia implicates the necessity for further examinations. The(More)
To elucidate the "atypicality" of ziprasidone, its striatal and extrastriatal D2/D3-receptor binding was characterized in patients with schizophrenia under steady-state conditions. These data were compared with striatal receptor occupancy values after single-dose ziprasidone ingestion in healthy controls. [F]fallypride positron emission tomography (PET)(More)
OBJECTIVE Aripiprazole at clinically effective doses occupies some 90% of striatal dopamine 2 and 3 (D(2)/D(3)) receptors. In order to further characterize its extrastriatal and time-dependent binding characteristics, the authors conducted positron emission tomography (PET) studies with the D(2)/D(3) antagonist [(18)F]fallypride at varying time points after(More)
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) of psychotropic drugs is strongly depending on the validity of recommended therapeutic plasma concentration reference ranges. Rational pharmacotherapy is based on the assumption that plasma concentrations are directly related to target occupancy by the respective drug. Here we show that positron emission tomography (PET) of(More)
Cariprazine is a novel drug with partial agonist activity at dopamine D2/3 receptors and six- to eightfold higher affinity for human dopamine D3 over D2 receptors. Results from several placebo-controlled Phase II/III trials in patients with a The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder(More)
Many aspects of the neurobiology of schizophrenia, especially the physiological basis of the negative symptoms and associated cognitive deficits, remain inadequately understood. Tandon and Greden (1989) postulated a central role of dopaminergic/cholinergic imbalance in schizophrenia. In light of this hypothesis, we elected to investigate the effects of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether drug concentrations of venlafaxine and its metabolite O-desmethylvenlafaxine in plasma can be considered as a surrogate marker of concentrations in brain/cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHOD For therapeutic drug monitoring purposes, plasma and CSF concentrations of venlafaxine and O-desmethylvenlafaxine were measured between(More)
Antipsychotic drugs can induce various undesirable adverse motor reactions, such as extrapyramidal side effects (EPS). A widely accepted pharmacodynamic mechanism underlying EPS includes an increase in striatal D2-receptor occupancy. However, less is known about the pharmacokinetic background of EPS. The aim of this study was to analyze in-vivo possible(More)
Although neurotransmitter-based hypotheses still prevail current thinking about the mechanism of action of psychotropic drugs, recent insight into the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders has unveiled a range of new therapeutic actions of the drugs used to treat those disorders. Especially antidepressants seem to exert at least some of their effects via(More)
Quetiapine is next to clozapine an antipsychotic agent that exerts hardly any extrapyramidal side-effects at clinical efficacious doses. Some previous receptor occupancy studies reported preferential extrastriatal D2/3 receptor (D2/3R)-binding properties of second-generation antipsychotics and suggested this as possible reason for improved tolerability.(More)