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Suicidality and SSRI’s: An Update

Topics: SSRIs | Suicidality

Just when we thought we could finally dismiss the notion that SSRIs cause suicidal ideation, along came the Brits! On June 10, 2003, the British counterpart of our FDA (in Britain, this is the MHRA--Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) issued a "Dear Colleague" letter announcing that Seroxat (the British version of Paxil) should not be u

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Breast-feeding and Antidepressants: An Update

Topics: Antidepressants | Pregnancy | SSRIs

There’s nothing like a close friend suffering psychiatric difficulties to motivate a psychiatrist to do some serious reading. Recently, your humble editor encountered this situation. The patient is a young woman with no psychiatric history who noted more than a normal amount of anxiety after the birth of her child. She found herself worrying consta

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SSRIs in Pregnancy: Third Trimester Concerns

Topics: Pregnancy | SSRIs

You may not know it, but this year marks a milestone in the world of SSRI teratology research. Ten years ago, JAMA published the first controlled study of Prozac exposure in pregnancy (1). The results? Neither Prozac nor tricyclics caused more birth defects than controls, but both antidepressants caused more neonatal complications. Ten years later, w

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Expert Q&A

Dr. Victoria Hendrick on Using Meds in Pregnancy

Topics: Antidepressants | Pregnancy | SSRIs

TCR: Dr. Hendrick, there has been a lot of confusing and seemingly contradictory data about the safety of SSRIs during pregnancy. What’s your take? Dr. Hendrick: You’re right, it is confusing, but one reassuring and important point is that there is no evidence that the SSRIs or any other antidepressant are linked to an increased risk of congenital

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Anecdotes From The Field

An OB/GYN Perspective

Topics: Antidepressants | Pregnancy | SSRIs

Roseann Gumina, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Like most OB/GYNs, Dr. Gumina sees more pregnant women on antidepressants in a given year than most psychiatrists are likely to see in a lifetime, and her perspective is informative. “Generally, most women who have been on SSRIs will have already disc

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Research Update

Can Buprenorphine Improve PTSD Symptoms?

Topics: Addiction | Addiction Treatment | Antidepressants | Buprenorphine | Co-occurring disorders | Comorbidity | Dual diagnosis | Medication | Opioid Use Disorder | Pharmacology | PTSD | Research Update | SSRIs

Review of: Lake EP et al, Am J Addict 2019;28(2):86–91 For many years, the mainstay of treatment for PTSD has been the SSRI class of medications, but many of our patients still suffer crippling symptoms despite optimal antidepressant medication dosing. PTSD is often accompanied by opioid misuse, sometimes in an effort to self-treat the hyperarousal

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Treating Sexual Side Effects

Topics: Antidepressants | Sexual Side Effects | SSRIs

Sexual side effects on SSRIs are so common that psychiatrist David Healy once argued these drugs more reliably lower libido than treat depression. Yet the problem isn’t limited to SSRIs, and it’s not unmanageable. In this article, I’ll look at some useful strategies to manage sexual dysfunction on antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabiliz

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Mirtazapine Augmentation: Running Low on Rocket Fuel

Topics: Antidepressant Augmentation | Antidepressants | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Mirtazapine | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Psychopharm Myths | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Treatment-Resistant Depression | Venlafaxine

Adding mirtazapine (Remeron) to a serotonergic antidepressant is a popular augmentation strategy. When added to venlafaxine, the combo was thought to possess a particularly potent synergy that Stephen Stahl called “California Rocket Fuel.” However, the strategy has failed in a handful of new studies, some of them much larger than the original data.

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Is Paxil the Best SSRI for Anxiety?

Topics: Antidepressants | Anxiety | Anxiety Disorder | Generalized Anxiety Disorder | Panic Disorder | Pharmaceutical Industry | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharm Myths | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | PTSD | Social Anxiety Disorder | SSRIs

Dear Dr. Aiken: Your review of Paxil’s risks in the May issue failed to mention a benefit that’s unique to this drug. Isn’t it the best SSRI for anxiety? Dr. Aiken: Paroxetine’s (Paxil’s) reputation as the anti-anxiety SSRI got off to a running start. It was first launched for panic disorder in 1996, two years before its approval for depres

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Research Update

A New Proposal for SSRI Withdrawal

Topics: Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Withdrawal

Review of: Horowitz MA and Taylor D, Lancet Psychiatry, March 2019, published online Type of Study: Literature review and clinical guideline Withdrawal problems rank among patients’ top concerns with antidepressants. They include insomnia, flu-like symptoms, irritability, distractibility, and unusual sensory experiences such as “brain zaps.” To

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SSRI withdrawal symptoms

Topics: Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Withdrawal

Withdrawal problems rank among patients’ top concerns with antidepressants. They include insomnia, flu-like symptoms, irritability, distractibility, and unusual sensory experiences such as “brain zaps.” Use this PDF tool to check if the patient is having any SSRI withdrawal symptoms at baseline.

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