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of asthma and to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies.
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administered orally. Montelukast is a CysLT1 antagonist; that is it blocks the action ofleukotriene D4 (and secondary ligands LTC4 and LTE4) on the cysteinyl leukotriene receptor CysLT1 in the lungs and bronchial tubes by binding to it. This reduces the bronchoconstriction otherwise caused by the leukotriene and results in less inflammation. Because of its method of operation, it is not useful for the treatment of acute asthma attacks. Again because of its very specific focus of operation, it does not interact with other asthma medications such as theophylline. Another leukotriene receptor antagonist is zafirlukast (Accolate), taken twice daily. Zileuton (Zyflo), an asthma drug taken four times per day, blocks leukotriene synthesis by inhibiting 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme of the eicosanoid synthesis pathway. The Mont in Montelukast stands for Montreal, the place where Merck developed the drug.
-blockers are used in the treatment of several conditions, such as Raynaud's disease, hypertension, and scleroderma. -blockers can also be used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alpha2-adrenergic receptor agonists, such as clonidine and guanfacine, act at noradrenergic autoreceptors to inhibit the firing of cells in the locus ceruleus, effectively reducing the release of brain norepinephrine (3). Clonidine has shown promise among patients with Anxiety, Panic and PTSD in clinical trials and was used to treat severely and chronically abused and neglected preschool children. It improved disturbed behavior by reducing aggression, impulsivity, emotional outbursts, and oppositionality (4). Insomnia and nightmares were also reported to be reduced. Kinzie and Leung (5) prescribed the combination of clonidine and imipramine to severely traumatized Cambodian refugees with Anxiety, Panic and PTSD. Global symptoms of PTSD were reduced among sixty-six percent and nightmares among seventy-seven percent. Guanfacine produces less sedation than clonidine and thus may be better tolerated. Guanfacine reduced the trauma-related nightmares (6). A recently completed randomized double-blind trial among veteran patients with chronic PTSD showed that augmentation with guanfacine was associated with improvement in anxiety and PTSD. Prazosin is an alpha1-receptor antagonist. Raskin and colleagues (7) studied the efficacy of prazosin for PTSD among Vietnam combat veterans in a 20-week double-blind crossover protocol with a two-week
Proven  Gabapentin was originally approved by the U. In each of the PTSD symptom clusters the effect size was medium to large: . Before using this medicine." WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS WHEN TAKING METHYLPREDNISOLONE (MEDROL)? Before taking this medication. "Guanfacine extended-release (long-acting) tablets (Intuniv brand only) are used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD. and hot flashes.7 for reexperiencing or intrusion.4). an indication was added for treating postherpetic neuralgia (neuropathic pain following shingles). The reduction in CGI-C scores (overall PTSD severity and function at endpoint) also reflected a large effect size (1. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. herpes infection Medical uses A capsule of gabapentin Gabapentin is used primarily for the treatment of seizures. including trauma-related nightmares. 1. as well as overall Anxiety and PTSD symptoms. . diabetes. . tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. more difficulty focusing. In 2002. tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it. controlling actions. Prazosin appears to have promise as an effective treatment for PTSD-related sleep disturbance. certain eye diseases (such as cataracts. and .S. Gabapentin (administered orally) is one of two medications (the other being flumazenil.6 for avoidance and numbing. especially of: bleeding problems. that is administered intravenously) used in the expensive PrometaTreatment Protocol for methamphetamine. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1994 for use as an adjunctive medication to control partial seizures(effective when added to other antiseizure drugs). history of blood clots. other painful neuropathies. neuropathic pain.9 for hyperarousal.6) and recurrent distressing dreams (effect size. or if you have any other allergies. brittle bones (osteoporosis). high blood pressure. Before using this medication. This product may contain inactive ingredients.9). and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in children. Patients who were taking prazosin had a robust improvement in overall sleep quality (effect size. certain heart problems (such as congestive heart failure). consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: untreated active fungal infections. 1. which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. The CAPS and the Clinical Global Impressions-Change scale (CGI-C) were the primary outcome measures.drug washout to allow for return to baseline (7). This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. and nerve-related pain.
Positive Gabapentin is frequently used to treat various types of neuralgia. It also attenuates the severity of withdrawal symptoms experienced by those physically dependent on opioid analgesics. and oxycodone. Though the combination of flumazenil infusions and gabapentin tablets is a licensed treatment. have reconnected incorrectly) and nerve pain associated with spinal cord injury. in treatment-resistant depression. but tests for smoking cessation treatment have had mixed results. there is no prohibition against a physician prescribing gabapentin outside the Prometa protocol. Numerous trials show that it is not effective as a mood-stabilizing treatment for bipolar disorder and so has no therapeutic advantage in having fewer side-effects over better established bipolar drugs such as lithium and valproic acid.cocaine and alcohol addiction. Additionally. Gabapentin has limited usefulness in the treatment ofanxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder and obsessivecompulsive disorder. cause weight gain. such as heroin. It may be effective in reducing pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis.   Gabapentin can also A double blind. slow wave sleep. and has also had success in treating certain instances of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.   One study also  demonstrates a significant reduction in the severity of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. during dressing changes involving serious medical conditions. Gabapentin is widely believed to help patients with post-operative chronic pain (usually caused by nerves that have been severed accidentally in an operation and when grown back. without formal regulatory agreement) for these conditions. and reducing arousals during the night. after surgery. It has been found to be effective in prevention of frequent migraine headaches. There have been reports by methamphetamine addicts that gabapentin alone in doses of 1200 mg at bedtime taken for 40±60 days has been effective in reducing cravings or desire to use methamphetamine. Gabapentin is a very promising medication in the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia and pain. randomized controlled trial found gabapentin ineffective for the treatment of idiopathic subjective tinnitus. Gabapentin has been used to treat some symptoms of opiate withdrawal. positively affecting deep. in conjunction with neuropathic ulcers. Gabapentin is administered at a dosage of 1200 mg taken at bedtime for 40±60 days. gabapentin has been prescribed to menopausal patients being treated with anti-androgenic compounds to reduce the incidence and intensity of the accompanying hot flashes. Gabapentin may help deepen sleep. and is prescribed offlabel (that is. its applications seem manifold. morphine. and for insomnia. Negative Gabapentin has been prescribed in the mental health context.neuropathic pain and nystagmus. Because dermatological patients suffer pain from painful tumors. .
Also. drowsiness. Gabapentin should be used carefully in patients with renal impairment due to possible accumulation and toxicity. hostility. abrupt cessation of a high dose (4000mg) of gabapentin triggered a seizure in an individual with no history of epilepsy. Suicide Gabapentin has been associated with an increased risk of suicidal acts or violent deaths. the FDA issued a warning of an increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in patients taking gabapentin. confusion.Adverse effects Gabapentin's most common side effects in adult patients include dizziness. concentration problems. children 3±12 years of age were observed to be susceptible to mild-to-moderate mood swings. In at least one case. hypertension. Side effects upon discontinuation of gabapentin that have been reported in medical literature include insomnia. restlessness. Withdrawal Gabapentin should not be discontinued abruptly after long term use. diaphoresis. Gabapentin is also known to induce pancreatic acinar cell carcinomas in rats through an unknown mechanism. agitation.headaches. chest pain. these mainly occur at higher doses in the elderly. disorientation. there are several cases ofhepatotoxicity reported in the literature. along with other anticonvulsant drugs this. the clinical significance of these results remains undetermined. An increase in formation of adenocarcinomas was observed in rats during preclinical trials. Overdosage . palpitations. Abrupt or over rapid withdrawal may provoke a withdrawal syndrome reminiscent to alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal.Gradual reduction over a period of weeks or months helps minimize or prevents the withdrawal syndrome. and peripheral edema (swelling of extremities). and flu-like symptoms. and hyperactivity. light sensitivity. these tumors did not affect the lifespan of the rats and did not metastasize. however. the manufacturer of gabapentin (Pfizer) went to trial regarding the association between gabapentin and the increased risk of suicide. In 2009.   modifying the packaging insert to reflect In July 2009. anxiety. Although rare. perhaps by stimulation of DNA synthesis.
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