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December 2009

Cholinesterase Inhibitors Cause Syncope
Cholinesterase inhibitors, such as donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Razadyne), and rivastigmine (Exelon), which are used to treat Alzheimer's disease, may cause syncope.

In Brief
Cigarettes and Coffee May Elevate Risk of Suicidal Behavior in Patients with Bipolar Disorder; Depression and Anxiety Have Different Effects on Risk of Mortality

Antipsychotics Decrease Mortality
Treatment with antipsychotics increases life expectancy for patients with schizophrenia.

On to 2010!
Dr. Alan Gelenberg reviews biological interventions approved during the past year, including new antipsychotics and a device to deliver repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).

2009 Index

Iloperidone (Fanapt)
Iloperidone, an antipsychotic recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is comparable in efficacy to other second-generation agents.


December 2009

Volume 32, 2009

Agitation, 39

Alcohol dependence, 8

Allopurinol (Lopurin and others), 6-7

Alzheimer's disease, 19-20, 34-35

Anticholinergic drugs, 43-44

Antidepressants, 24, 25, 44-45

Antipsychotics, 47-48

- in dementia, 25-26, 34-35

- long-acting,…

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