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Second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) have been associated with an increased liability for weight gain and metabolic side effects. Among SGAs, clozapine and olanzapine had great liability to induce weight gain and metabolic adverse reactions. Leptin, adiponectin, and total ghrelin play important roles in energy homeostasis and are suggested to be(More)
The development of instruments to assess substance use that are easy to use, valid and reliable across cultures is an important task. The present study investigates the reliability and validity of the Chinese language version of the SDS (SDS([Ch])) when used to measure severity of dependence among heroin users in Taiwan (n=522). Data were collected on(More)
Increasing attention has been paid recently to the potential diabetogenic effect of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs). The objective of this prospective study was to evaluate the effects of quetiapine treatment on pancreatic beta-cell function in SGA-naïve schizophrenic patients. Seventeen schizophrenic subjects completed an eight-week trial. The(More)
BACKGROUND Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antidepressants. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness globally and iatrogenic glaucoma has been implicated across disparate medication classes. Available studies that have sought to determine the association between SSRI exposure and(More)
BACKGROUND Sleep disturbance is common and may adversely affect treatment outcome, mental health, and quality of life in heroin-dependent patients. Previous studies have focused upon patients receiving treatment. We conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study to explore the 1-month prevalence of sleep disturbance and its associations with(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about differences between the characteristics and psychopathological symptoms of heroin users attending TC or MMT in Asia. This study aimed to compare characteristics and prevalence of depressive disorders among male heroin users in TC and MMT program in Nantou, Taiwan. METHODS The study sample (n = 705) comprised male heroin(More)
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