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Pharmacological treatment of combat-induced PTSD: a literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20335903     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Historically, soldiers have returned from war changed men. Over the years there has been an increase in awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the impact of diagnosis. Treatment of PTSD presents a challenge on every level. This literature review provides some insight into the risks and benefits of three groups of drugs commonly prescribed for combat-induced PTSD: beta-blockers, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines (BZDs). When prescribed in conjunction with other non-pharmacological treatments, these drugs help to minimize, and in some cases eliminate, the signs and symptoms of PTSD. Combination therapy would ideally result in better compliance and eventual completion of treatment programmes provided for PTSD sufferers. Healthcare professionals strive to provide patients with holistic care. Patients present with unique mental and physical intricacies, and nurses and health professionals must peel away the layers to uncover the nature of the PTSD. While there are many aspects to PTSD treatment, this literature review focuses on pharmacological treatment, specifically beta-blockers, SSRIs and BZDs.
Authors:
Debra Lynn Bastien
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0966-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Nurs     Publication Date:    2010 Mar 11-24
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-25     Completed Date:  2010-05-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212059     Medline TA:  Br J Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  318-21     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
University of New Brunswick, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Anti-Anxiety Agents / pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Benzodiazepines / pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Combat Disorders / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  epidemiology
Humans
Military Personnel / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Patient Compliance
Patient Rights
Patient Selection
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors / pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  epidemiology
Treatment Outcome
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Antagonists; 0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 0/Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors; 12794-10-4/Benzodiazepines

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