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Psychopharmacology

Psychopharmacology

Clinical applications for the most commonly used anticonvulsants are reviewed here, along with complications and recent findings for day-to-day practice. Also: an update on findings from research on anticonvulsants used less often, but which may be potentially beneficial.

The elephant in the room: the problem of iatrogenic opioid use disorder is being ignored.

Are patients with schizophrenia better off without antipsychotics? Here: a point/counterpoint.

The SSRIs, although principally targeting serotonin transporter, are complex drugs that might work on other neurotransmitter and receptor systems. It is likely worthwhile to look at the effects of other monoamine and neuropeptide systems on the enzymatic machinery cleaving the amyloid precursor protein.

The “story behind the story” is not the over-prescription of antidepressants—though it happens—but the under-availability of optimal treatment.

Most, if not all, antidepressants can cause bothersome adverse effects. These are described here along with strategies to help patients cope.

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