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July 2014

Do Children Taking SGAs Get Metabolic Monitoring?
Careful monitoring of adverse effects of psychotropic drugs in general and second-generation antipsychotics in particular falls below recommended standards for children and adolescents.

A New Treatment for Parkinson Disease Psychosis
In a placebo-controlled study of patients with Parkinson disease and psychosis, the 5-HT-2A receptor inverse agonist pimavanserin improved psychotic symptoms and did not worsen motor signs.

Ramelteon (Rozerem) to Prevent Delirium?
Preliminary results from using the melatonin-receptor agonist ramelteon (Rozerem) in hospitalized patients to prevent delirium are encouraging.

In Brief
Starting Dose of Eszopiclone Lowered to Avoid Next-Day Impairment; Study Examines Determinants of Antipsychotic Treatment Response

Anxiolytics, Hypnotics, and Mortality Risk
In a retrospective cohort study, a significant association was found between the use of anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs and an increased risk of death.

Anxiolytics, Hypnotics, and Mortality Risk

July 2014

Anxiety and insomnia are among the most common symptoms patients report to primary care physicians, other specialists, and of course, psychiatrists. In optimal practice, a doctor will conduct a careful and systematic differential diagnosis, searching for a treatable cause, whether medical or psychosocial.…

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