Article on Meds for PTSD

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I was looking on the net and found this..

Just thought it might be helpful.


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# Point of view
# A brief course in pharmacology

1. Therapeutic effects (benefits) and side-effects
2. Tolerance and withdrawal

# Things that help

1. Characteristics of good drugs for combat PTSD
1. Makes something better for the veteran
2. Does not lead to tolerance
3. Does not lead to abuse
4. Cannot be used to commit suicide
5. Does not require blood tests
6. Does not cut a person off from the world or from himself
7. Causes few, bearable side-effects
2. Some good drugs for combat PTSD
1. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors: fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), etc.
2. Buspirone (Buspar)
3. Beta-blockers: propranolol (Inderal), nadolol (Corgard), atenolol (Tenormin), etc.
4. Low-dose lithium
3. Other drugs for special circumstances
1. Trazodone (Desyrel) for sleep
2. Quinine for nocturnal myoclonus
3. Low-dose antipsychotics for violent urges: thioridazine (Mellaril), mesoridazine (Serentil), etc.
4. Future drugs
# Things to avoid

1. Benzodiazepines: diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), etc.
2. Caffeine
3. Yohimbine
4. Any illegal drug

# Things to read
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