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Psycho Tropic Drugs

Psycho Tropic Drugs

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Chapter 2, page 19 Videbeck 3rd Ed. I. ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS  also known as neuroleptics  used to treat symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions and hallucinations seen in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and manic phase of bipolar disorder  work by blocking receptors of the neurotransmitter dopamine  examples (table 2.3, p. 30)  Extrapyramidal side effects: o acute dystonia o pseudoparkinsonism o akathisia * although collectively referred to as EPS (extrapyramidal symptoms which are serious neurologic symptoms and are major side effects of antipsychotic drugs), each of these reactions has distinct features * therapy for acute dystonia, pseudoparkinsonism, and akathisia are similar and include the following:  lowering dosage of antipsychotic  changing to a different antipsychotic, or  administering anticholinergic medication o Acute dystonia  includes acute muscular rigidity and cramping, a stiff or thick tongue with difficulty swallowing, and, in severe cases, laryngospasm and respiratory difficulties  most likely to occur in the first week of treatment, in clients younger than 40 years, in males, and in those receiving high-potency drugs (such as haloperidol and thiothexine)  spasms or stiffness in muscle groups can produce torticollis, opisthotonus, or oculogyric crisis (p.30)  reactions can be painful and frightening to the client  immediate treatment with anticholinergic drug such as diphenhydramine IM or IV usually brings rapid relief * drugs used to treat EPS (table 2.4 p.30) o Pseudoparkinsonism, or drug-induced parkinsonism  often referred to by the generic label of EPS  symptoms resemble those of Parkinson’s disease and include a stiff and stooped posture, mask-like faces, decreased arm swing, a shuffling, festinating gait, cogwheel rigidity, drooling, tremors, bradycardia, and coarse pill-rolling movements of the thumb and fingers while at rest  treated by changing to an antipsychotic drug that has a lower incidence of EPS, or by adding an oral anticholinergic agent o Akathisia  as reported by clients, is an intense need to move about  client appears restless or anxious and agitated often with a rigid posture or gait and a lack of spontaneous gestures.  treated by a change in antipsychotic medication or by the addition of an oral agent (such as beta-blocker, anticholinergic, oor benzodiazepine)

* although collectively referred to as EPS (extrapyramidal symptoms which are serious neurologic symptoms and are major side effects of antipsychotic drugs). changing medications. but can occur anytime) * dehydration. diaphoresis. facial and neck muscles. dry eyes. pseudoparkinsonism. blinking. poor nutrition. photophobia. and decreased memory  Other side effects: . and concurrent medical illness all increase the risk for NMS  treatment includes immediate discontinuance of all antipsychotic medications and the institution of supportive medical care to treat dehydration and hyperthermia o Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)  syndrome of permanent involuntary movements commonly caused by the long-term use of conventional antipsychotic drugs  symptoms of TD include involuntary movements of the tongue . may fluctuate from agitation to stupor * all antipsychotics seem to have the potential to cause NMS. * therapy for acute dystonia. and other excessive. grimacing. or  administering anticholinergic medication o Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)  potentially fatal reaction to antipsychotic drugs  major symptoms of NMS are rigidity. but high dosages of high-potency drugs increase the risk (most often occurs in first 2 weeks of therapy or after increase increasing dosage. and elevated levels of enzymes (particularly creatinine phosphokinase)  clients with NMS usually are confused and often mute. delirium. blurred near vision. urinary hesitance or resistance. and pallor). each of these reactions has distinct features. and monitoring the client periodically for initial signs of TD o Anticholinergic Side Effects  side effects include: orthostatic hypotension. TD is irreversible. lip smacking. constipation. although decreasing or discontinuing antipsychotic medication can arrest its progression  preventing TD is one goal when administering antipsychotics and this can be done by keeping maintenance dosages as low as possible. dry mouth. unnecessary facial movements are characteristic  once it has developed. nasal congestion. and akathisia are similar and include the following:  lowering dosage of antipsychotic  changing to a different antipsychotic. and upper and lower extremities  tongue thrusting and protruding. autonomic instability (such as unstable BP. high fever.

increasing risk for DM II and CVD) o minor cardiovascular adverse effects such as postural hypotension. 33) 1.5. weight gain 4. increase water and bulk-forming foods. and tachycardia NURSING RESPONSIBILITIES:  inform client of side effects and encourage to report problems instead of discontinuing medication  teach client methods of managing or avoiding unpleasant side effects and maintaining medication regimen: o dry mouth – sugar-free fluids and sugar-free hard candy * client should avoid calorie-laden beverages and candy o constipation – exercise. Tricyclic and the related cyclic antidepressants • have more side effects than SSRIs • block cholinergic receptors. resulting in anticholinergic effects: 1. avoid driving and potentially dangerous activities until response time and reflexes seem normal II. dry mouth 2. depressed phase of bipolar disorder. and psychotic depression  somehow interact with norephinephrine and serotonin which regulate mood. attention. orthostatic hypotension 2. p. stool softener permissible but avoid laxatives o photosensitivity – sunscreen  client should monitor amount of sleepiness and drowsiness they feel.o increase blood prolactin levels causing breast enlargement and tenderness (both in men and women) o diminished libido o erectile and orgasmic dysfunction o menstrual irregularities o weight gain (obesity common in schizophrenic clients. agitation. sedation 3. urinary retention 4. weight gain and sexual dysfunction) 2. palpitations. agitation . Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) • have fewer side effects than cyclic compounds • enhanced serotonin transmission can lead to several common side effects: 1. anxiety disorders. constipation 3. and appetite  divided into 4 groups: examples (table 2. delirium. anxiety 2. ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS  primarily used in the treatment of major depressive illness. arousal. tachycardia • clients may develop tolerance to anticholinergic side effects but these are common reasons of noncompliance ( (esp. dry nasal passages 5. sensory processing. blurred near vision 6. and ileus • other common side effects: 1. more severe.

buspirone (BuSpar) 4. Other novel antidepressant medication:  nefadozone causes: o sedation o headache o dry mouth o nausea  trazodone o sedation o headache  mirtazapine o sedation  bupropion o loss of appetite o nausea o agitation . SSRI 2. insomnia * 3. diaphoresis 5. dry mouth 5. orthostatic hypotension 6. cause less weight gain than other antidepressants less common side effects: 1. cardiac dysrhythmias • potentially fatal drug interactions with MAOIs: 1. hand tremor 5. hyperpyrexia 3. dextromethorpan 5. sexual dysfunction • of particular concern with MAOIs is the potential for a lifethreatening hypertensive crisis if client ingests food containing tyramine or sympathomimietic drugs (refer to table 2. sweating * 3. insomnia (sedative –hypnotic or low dosage trazodone) 6.• 3. certain cyclic compounds 3. opiate derivatives (meperidine) 4. nausea (taking with food lessens nausea) 5. weight gain 4. tremulousness 6. tachycardia 4. akathisia (treated with beta-blocker) 4. sedation * 2. diarrhea 4. MAO Inhibitors (MAOIs) • most common side effects: 1. sexual dysfunction (diminished drive or difficulty achieving erection or orgasm) 7.1. p. severe hypertension 2. headaches 3. daytime sedation * 2. 35 regarding food containing tyramine) • increased serum tyramine levels causes: 1.

o insomnia  venlafaxine o loss of appetite o nausea o agitation o insomnia o dizziness o sweating o sedation  sexual dysfunction is less common but. can take it up within 8 hours after missed dose o client should avoid driving or performing activities requiring sharp.  common side effects of lithium therapy: • mild nausea or diarrhea (taking medication with food may help nausea) • anorexia • fine hand tremor (propranolol improves fine tremor) • polydipsia • polyuria • a metallic taste in the mouth • fatigue or lethargy . and dopamine  serum lithium level 1. with one notable exception: trazodone can cause priapism ( sustained and painful erection) which may result in impotence NURSING RESPONSIBILITIES:  for cyclic compounds: o should be taken at night to lessen side effects o if forgets a dose. norepinephrine. even OTC drugs without consulting doctor III. preventing highs and lows characterizing bipolar illness. can take it up within 3 hours after missed dose or omit  for SSRis: o clients should take it first thing in the morning unless sedation is a problem o if forgets a dose. instruct not to take additional medications. first-line agent in treating bipolar  normalizes reuptake of serotonin. o provide a written list of foods to avoid while taking MAOIs o make client aware of serious and fatal drug interactions when taking MAOIs. and treat acute mania  examples: o Lithium  most established mood stabilizer.0 mEq/L. MOOD STABILIZERS  used to treat bipolar disorders by stabilizing client’s mood. acetylcholine. should be monitored every 23 days  toxicity is closely related to serum lithium levels and can occur at therapeutic doses. alert reflexes until sedative effects wear off  for MAOIs: o client should be aware of life-threatening hyperadrenergic crisis if dietary restrictions are not observed.

or blurred vision has subsided IV. dry mouth.0 mEq/L. OCD. plasma levels can be checked 12 hours after last dose  encourage client to take medications with meals to minimize nausea  instruct client not to attempt to drive until dizziness. aplastic anemia and agranulocytosis  valproic acid (Depakote.SE: drowsiness. fatigue. below yrs of age). poor coordination. and blurred vision.• weight gain and acne occur later in lithium therapy * lethargy and weight gain difficult to minimize leading to noncompliance  toxic effects: • severe diarrhea • vomiting • drowsiness • muscle weakness • lack of coordination * if symptoms left untreated.37)  benzodiazepines have proved to be the most effective in relieving anxiety and are the drugs most frequently prescribed ( also may be prescribed for their anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant effects o mediate the actions of a. Depakene) * . lethargy. teratogenic  gabapentin (Neurontin)  topiramate (Topamax) – SE: dizziness. dialysis may be indicated o some anticonvulsants are effective * and good mood stabilizers:  carbamazepine (Tegretol) * . and rarely. depression. sedation. weight gain. insomnia. p. and hand tremor. sedation. and increased incidence of renal calculi  oxcarbazepine (Trileptil)  lamotrigine (Lamictal) – serious rashes requiring hospitalization (esp. dry mouth. and impaired memory or clouded sensorium) . hepatic failure. life-threatening toxic epidermal necrolysis o antianxiety agent clonazepam (Klonopin) is occasionally used to treat mania NURSING RESPONSIBILITIES:  for clients taking lithium and anticonvulsants. and death * when toxic signs occur. monitor blood levels periodically. rashes and orthostatic hypotension. and alcohol withdrawal  examples (table 2. alopecia. sedation.6. sedation.a. GABA (major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain) o SE:  tendency to cause physical dependence  SE associated with CNS depression ( drowsiness. Steven-Johnson syndrome.SE: drowsiness. pancreatitis. and blurred vision. weight loss. it worsens and can lead to renal failure. discontinue lithium immediately  if lithium levels exceed 3. coma. posttraumatic stress disorder. ANTIANXIETY DRUGS  also known as anxiolytic drugs  used to treat anxiety and anxiety disorders.

slower reflexes. which decreases serotonin turnover o common side effects:  dizziness.when used for sleep. nausea. may have more pronounced memory deficit and may have problems with urinary incontinence particularly at night NURSING RESPONSIBILITIES:  make client aware that antianxiety agents are aimed at relieving symptoms such as anxiety or insomnia but do not treat the underlying problems that cause the anxiety  instruct client not to drink alcohol (benzodiazepines strongly potentiate the effects of alcohol)  make client aware of decreased response time. sedation. may complain of next-day sedation or a hangover effect  buspirone is a nonbenzodiazepine often used for the relief of anxiety o acts as partial agonist at serotonin receptors. and possible sedative effects of these drugs when attempting activities such as driving or going to work  inform client never discontinue drug abruptly once started without supervision of physician because benzodiazepines withdrawal can be fatal  . more prone to falls from the effects on coordination and sedation. and headache * elderly clients may have more difficulty managing the effects of CNS depression.

Haldol) 5 / 20 mg. o biperiden HCl (Akineton) 2 mg. o chlorpromazine (Thorazine. Tegrilol) 200 mg.  Antidepressants o fluoxetine (Prozac) 20 mg.  Anti-parkinsonism o biperiden lactate (Akineton) 5 mg. pyrazinamide o Anti-asthma . o divalproex Na (Epival) 250 mg. captopril o Anti-TB  INH.haloperidol (Haldol.fluphenazine decanoate 25 mg/ml . Zycloran) 100 / 200 mg.Commonly Used Drugs in Psychiatric Ward (Pavilion 5 Unit 3 Big Hall)  Antipsychotic / Neuroleptic Drugs o haloperidol (Serenase.haloperidol decanoate 50 mg/ml . o phenytoin (Sodium (Na). o sertraline (Zoloft) 50 mg. o risperidone o clozapine o levomepromazine (Nozinan) 100 mg. Dilantin) 100 mg. Serenase. rifampicin.  Other Medications: o Anithypertensives  nifedipine.  Anti-anxiety o hydroxyzine dihydrochloride (Iterax) 25 mg.fluphentixol decanoate 25 mg/ml  Anticonvulsants o carbamazepine (Tegretol. o valproic acid 250 mg. Psycotil) 5 mg/ml * Long-Acting . Psynor. metropolol. o olanzapine * Short-Acting .

hallucinations. movements. and greater cognitive impairment than do . and neglected hygiene  peak incidence of onset: o male – 15-25 years of age o female – 25-35 years of age  usually diagnosed in late adolescence or early adulthood (rarely manifests in childhood)  the diagnosis usually is made when the person begins to display more actively positive symptoms of delusions. unusual behavior. emotions.  causes distorted and bizarre thoughts. and behavior  can’t be defined as a single illness. salbutamol o Antipyeretic  paracetamol o Antibiotic  amoxicillin. but most clients slowly and gradually develop signs and symptoms such a social withdrawal. loss of interest in school or work. cloxacillin. doxycycline. page 276 Videbeck 3rd Ed. and disordered thinking (psychosis)  symptoms are divided into two major categories: (refer to table on p. more prominent negative signs. 276) o positive or hard symptoms/signs  ambivalence  associative looseness  delusions  echopraxia  flight of ideas  hallucinations  ideas of reference  perseveration o negative or soft symptoms  alogia  anhedonia  apathy  blunted affect  catatonia  flat affect  lack of volition  those who develop the illness earlier show worst outcomes that those who develop it later. is thought of as a syndrome or disease process with many different varieties and symptoms  onset may be abrupt or insidious. perceptions. sultamicillin o Antiamoebics  metronidazole o Antihistamine  Diphenhydramine HCl (Benadryl) 50 mg. rather. younger client display a poorer pre-morbid adjustment. SCHIZOPHRENIA Chapter 14.

those who experience a gradual onset of the disease (about 50%) tend to have both a poorer immediate and long-term course than those who experience a acute and sudden onset approximately 30% of clients with schizophrenia relapse within 1 year of an acute episode the intensity tends to diminish with age. excessive religiosity (delusional religious focus) or hostile and aggressive behavior o Schizophrenia. residual type:  Characterized by at least one previous. over time. occasionally. but frequently the negative symptoms persist after positive symptoms have abated. though not a current episode. paranoid type:  characterized by persecutory (feeling victimized or spied on) or grandiose delusions. and looseness of associations antipsychotic medications play a crucial role in the course of the disease and individual outcomes. family education. the disease becomes less disruptive to the person’s life and easier to manage. loose associations. undifferentiated type:  characterized by mixed schizophrenic symptoms (of other types) along with disturbances of thought. either motionless or excessive motor activity  motor immobility may be manifested by catalepsy ( waxy flexibility) or stupor  excessive motor activity is apparently purposeless and is not influenced by external stimuli  other features include extreme negativism. catatonic type:  characterized by marked psychomotor disturbance. the persistence of these negative symptoms overtime presents a major barrier to recovery and improved functioning in the client’s daily life types of schizophrenia according to the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder. disorganized type:  characterized by grossly inappropriate or flat affect. echolalia. incoherence. hallucinations. affect. flat affect. but rarely can the client overcome the effects of many years of dysfunction medication can control the positive symptoms. they do not cure the disorder. and behavior o Schizophrenia. mutism. 4th edition. and extremely disorganized behavior o Schizophrenia.       older clients. family therapy. and. and echopraxia o Schizophrenia. peculiarities of voluntary movement. and social skills training can be instituted for clients in both inpatient and community settings . they are crucial to its successful management the more effective the client’s response and adherence to his or her medication regimen. the better the client’s outcome individual and group therapies. Text Revision): o Schizophrenia. social withdrawal. however.

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