Pharmacogenomics may soon provide the key to personalizing medication treatments for each individual patient.
The new antidepressant vortioxetine (Brintellix) is more efficacious than placebo, but whether it has added benefits that will justify its higher cost compared with generic antidepressants has yet to be determined.
Vitamin D and Psychiatric Patients
Patients with chronic mental illness who are deficient in vitamin D should receive nutritional supplements.
Antipsychotics in Dementia: Another Look
Higher doses of antipsychotic drugs seem to increase the risk of death in patients with dementia, but lower doses might not.
Both Benzodiazepines and Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Medications Are Associated with an Increased Risk of Fractures
Please be sure to review the Continuing Medical Education (CME) posttest and evaluation for 2013, inserted in this month's issue.
Benzodiazepine medications taken at night for the treatment of insomnia can cause daytime drowsiness and slowing of psychomotor responses the next day, which can increase the risk of accidents. This is especially true for elderly patients, who are more susceptible to falls and fractures. But results…