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September 2009

Prenatal Valproate Lowers IQ
Valproate may adversely affect fetal cognitive development throughout pregnancy.

Stimulant Augmentation for Treatment-Resistant OCD?
In one study, amphetamine was not superior to caffeine as an augmentation strategy for patients with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Antipsychotics in Alzheimer's Patients: New Evidence on Metabolic Effects
Second-generation antipsychotic drugs increase the risk of weight gain and metabolic effects in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

In Brief
Contraception Use in Female Bipolar Patients Suboptimal; CBT Available over Internet for Insomnia

SSRIs and Gestational Hypertension
Use of a serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor beyond the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of hypertension and preeclampsia.

Prenatal Valproate Lowers IQ

September 2009

When a woman takes certain anticonvulsants early in pregnancy, she increases the risk that her baby will develop malformations (2008;31:22-23,45). Exposure of experimental animals to antiepileptic drugs at doses lower than what is teratogenic can produce adverse cognitive and behavioral effects in…

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