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November 2010

SAMe for Depression?
The first placebo-controlled trial of SAMe as an adjunct to antidepressants in patients with treatment-resistant depression has yielded positive results.

IV Ketamine for Bipolar Depression
In a randomized, add-on trial, one infusion of IV ketamine improved depressive symptoms in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression.

Receptor-Binding Profiles of New Antipsychotics
The new antipsychotics paliperidone (Invega), iloperidone (Fanapt), and asenapine (Saphris) have different receptor-binding properties.

Sex Steroids for Schizophrenia?
In a double-blind trial, low-dose pregnenolone but not dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) improved outcomes in patients with schizophrenia when used to augment antipsychotic treatment.

In Brief
FDA Advisory Committee Votes Against Approval of Weight-Loss Drug Lorcaserin; Neonatal Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Increased Schizophrenia Risk; Warning Issued that Anticonvulsant Drug Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Can Cause Aseptic Meningitis

ADHD Symptoms, Food Additives, and Genetic Variations
Genetic variations may underlie differences in how artificial food dyes affect attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.

IV Ketamine for Bipolar Depression

November 2010

In September, we reviewed a study in which suicidal ideation in patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder (MDD) decreased when they received an intravenous (IV) infusion of the anesthetic ketamine (BTP 2010;33:37-38). Now comes a report that ketamine shows promise in treatment-resistant…

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