Psychiatric Medication and QT Prolongation (1)

Several psychiatric medications can cause a lengthening of the QT interval in the ECG, which in some cases can lead to a potentially lethal situation. Under normal circumstances this condition is quite rare. However, in individuals with complicating preconditions and with certain types of medication, it is advisable to get an ECG and proceed with caution. Some drugs are more likely to cause QT prolongation than others, which should be kept in mind when prescribing psychiatric medication to a patient from a higher risk group.

Keywords: QT interval, QT prolongation, medication, antidepressant, antipsychotic, mood stabilizer

 

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A Brief Overview of Psychiatric Medication (4)

Abstract – This article gives a brief overview of the main groups of psychiatric medication.

 

Keywords: medication, psychiatry

 

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Panic Attacks and Medication (2)

Panic attacks can interfere greatly with a patient’s social, professional and personal life. The first-line treatment is usually a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Medication broadly addresses two time horizons. In the short-run, benzodiazepines or benzodiazepine-like drugs reduces anxiety within twenty minutes to an hour, which is too long to treat an acute panic attack biologically, but which gives the patient a greater sense of control over the feelings of anxiety, which can in turn reduce anxiety and panic attacks. In the medium- to long-run, antidepressants with effectiveness on serotonergic pathways reduce or eliminate anxiety and the occurrence of panic attacks in the majority of patients. The group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is probably the best researched and clinically most widely used family of antidepressants for cases of anxiety and panic attack disorders.

Keywords: panic attack, medication, psychiatry

 

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Dr Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. MLA (Harvard) LL.M. trained in medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy and works in private practice for psychotherapy, counselling and psychiatric medication in Dublin, Ireland. He also has advanced degrees in management and law. The author can be reached by email at jonathanhaverkampf@gmail.com or on the websites www.jonathanhaverkampf.ie and www.jonathanhaverkampf.com.

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