Abuse of psychiatric medications: not just stimulants and benzodiazepines

Anticholinergics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and gabapentinoids may also be subject to misuse

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    Study Author(s):
    Joseph M Pierre, MD
    Journal Name:
    Current Psychiatry, Vol 18, No 1, 11-27
    Publication Date:
    January 2019
    While some classes of medications used to treat psychiatric disorders, such as stimulants and benzodiazepines, are wellrecognized as controlled substances and drugs of abuse, clinicians may be less familiar with the potential misuse/ abuse of other psychiatric medications. This article reviews the evi dence related to the misuse/abuse of anticholinergics, antidepres sants, antipsychotics, and gabapentinoids.

Recent Reviews

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    Pharmacy-Biochemistry
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    Content very helpful. Well-presented data, drug names, classes and dosages used.

    Classes that go beyond common sense. Antidepressants, famous for not having a stimulating rush.

    Antipsychotics that antagonize dopamine, which would make them unlikely to be abused.

    Other ways to achieve GABA without benzos.

    Again, not obvious and positively surprising.