FDA Deliberates Suicidality in Children on AntidepressantsJune 1st 2004
With increased concern about suicidal impulses in children taking antidepressants, the FDA has decided to step in. Two committees held a meeting to discuss various plans for classifying suicidal events, along with some of the difficulties in deciding whether certain events qualify as suicide attempts.
Exploring Drug Interactions in PsychiatryMay 1st 2004
Psychopharmacologic management has become increasingly complex, and physicians run the risk of precipitating drug-drug interactions when certain drugs interact via the cytochrome P450 system. In addition, the P-glycoprotein transporter may play a role in certain drug-drug interactions. While physicians currently rely on Web sites and textbooks to avoid potentially morbid and lethal interactions, electronic medical records may play a crucial role in the future.
Is Antidepressant Prescribing Associated With Suicide Rates?May 1st 2004
Since the introduction of the SSRIs in the early 1990s, the rate of antidepressant prescribing has increased dramatically. This look at five national data sets concludes that greater recognition of depression and greater rates of treatment with medication and psychosocial interventions has made a significant contribution to reducing suicide rates.
Pharmacotherapy for Patients With Eating DisordersMay 1st 2004
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder remain challenging disorders for the practicing psychiatrist. While psychopharmacological agents play an important role in the overall treatment of eating disorders, current empirical evidence does not support their sole use. A recipe consisting of evidence-based psychopharmacological agents together with evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches is usually required for a successful outcome.