Side Effects (October)

Date of Issue: 10/01/2016 | Volume: 14 | Number: 10

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

The side effects of different medications can be challenging for our patients. In this issue, we specifically look at how some of the meds we prescribe, especially antidepressants, can cause severe side effects, and how we can help our patients cope. Specific topics covered include helping patients overcome sexual side effects, and tips on how to discuss side effects with patients.

In This Issue


Sexual Side Effects of the Newer Antidepressants

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Sexual Dysfunction

It’s no secret that SSRIs and SNRIs cause sexual dysfunction (SD) in a large proportion of patients who take them. The exact size of that proportion, though, is difficult to pinpoint with any reliability. Most of the large clinical trials of antidepressants ascertain side effects through spontaneous reports, and research subjects are understandably embarrassed about coming out and complaining about sexual problems.

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Expert Q&A

Discussing Side Effects With Patients

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

As clinicians, we need to fully understand the importance of side effects for our patients. The most important problem in psychopharmacology is that patients stop taking their medication sooner or later. And what is the most frequent single reason for their stopping the medication? Side effects. In this interview, Dr. Rajnish Mago discusses important strategies for discussing side effects with patients.

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Research Update

Efficacy of Quetiapine in PTSD

Topics: Psychopharmacology Tips | PTSD | Research Update

Some smaller studies have shown that risperidone is useful as an adjunctive treatment for PTSD. But, in a larger-scale study with nearly 300 veterans, the medication used as an adjunct did not outperform placebo. To further explore the utility of atypical antipsychotics, researchers randomly assigned 80 VA patients with PTSD to monotherapy with placebo or quetiapine.

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Research Update

Whole-Body Hyperthermia for Depression: Effective or Too Early to Tell?

Topics: Depressive Disorder | Research Update

Saunas and hot tubs are pleasant and “therapeutic” for most of us, so it may be no surprise that scientists are trying to turn such experiences into psychiatric treatments. Whole-body hyperthermia (WBH) is a treatment that has long been used as an effective adjunct for treatment of certain kinds of cancers, and recently researchers have been testing it for depression.

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CME Post-Test

Take The CME Test For Side Effects, TCPR, October 2016

Topics: CME Post-Test

Take the CME Post-Test for this issue.

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