Extended-release formulation of venlafaxine in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
ABSTRACT There is abundant evidence for abnormalities of both norepinephrine and serotonin neurotransmitter systems in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Venlafaxine extended-release formulation (venlafaxine XR) is a serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor with antidepressant and anxiolytic properties relevant to the pathophysiology of PTSD. Venlafaxine XR is currently approved for the treatment of panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder, as well as major depression in adults, based on a number of randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Limited data also demonstrate that venlafaxine XR maintains a therapeutic response for more than 6 months in these anxiety disorders. Venlafaxine XR has demonstrated short- and long-term efficacy for the treatment of PTSD in two recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, although it has not been extensively studied for PTSD, compared with other anxiety disorders. This review focuses on the potential role of venlafaxine XR in the treatment of PTSD, based on currently available evidence.
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ABSTRACT: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are associated with high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid alcohol use disorders. The pharmacotherapy of these comorbid conditions has received relatively little study. The current study compared the serotonin uptake inhibitor, paroxetine, to the norepinephrine uptake inhibitor, desipramine. It also evaluated the adjunctive efficacy of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved alcoholism pharmacotherapy, naltrexone, relative to placebo. Four groups of predominately male veterans (n=88) meeting current diagnostic criteria for both alcohol dependence (AD) and PTSD were randomly assigned under double-blind conditions to one of four groups: paroxetine+naltrexone; paroxetine+placebo; desipramine+naltrexone; desipramine+placebo. Main outcome measures included standardized scales that assessed symptoms of PTSD and alcohol consumption. Paroxetine did not show statistical superiority to desipramine for the treatment of PTSD symptoms. However, desipramine was superior to paroxetine with respect to study retention and alcohol use outcomes. Naltrexone reduced alcohol craving relative to placebo, but it conferred no advantage on drinking use outcomes. Although the serotonin uptake inhibitors are the only FDA-approved medications for the treatment of PTSD, the current study suggests that norepinephrine uptake inhibitors may present clinical advantages when treating male veterans with PTSD and AD. However, naltrexone did not show evidence of efficacy in this population. This study was registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, registration number NCT00338962 and URL: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00338962?term=desipramine+AND+alcohol+dependence+AND+depression&recr=Closed&rank=1.Keywords: alcohol and alcoholism; psychopharmacology; PTSD; naltrexone; veterans; comorbidityNeuropsychopharmacology 11/2011; 37(4):996-1004. · 7.83 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Discuss the theory of modulation of receptor activity or the blockade of the reuptake of multiple neurotransmitter systems for the future treatment of MDD. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious and often crippling psychiatric illness with a high risk of relapse and treatment resistance. In this article, we discuss the role of the serotonergic system in MDD including our current understanding of how various serotonin (5HT) receptors modulate monoamine neurotransmission and behavior. We also discuss how pharmacologic interventions, including novel and existing antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics, may be utilized to adjust serotonergic neurotransmission and provide more effective treatments for patients with MDD.CNS spectrums 12/2014; 19 Suppl 1:54-68. · 1.30 Impact Factor