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Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder - related nightmares and other sleep disturbances with risperidone in combat veterans and victims of domestic and childhood abuse

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Author(s): Nina Khachiyants

Journal: Applied Technologies and Innovations
ISSN 1804-1191

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 46;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Posttraumatic stress disorder | nightmares | risperidone

ABSTRACT
Sleep disturbances including nightmares are often reported as hallmark of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The literature related to the pharmacological treatment of PTSD-related nightmares is sparse and inconclusive. After reviewing the literature it was obvious that currently a limited data on studies supporting the use of antipsychotic medications for the treatment of PTSD are published. Moreover, even more limited scientific evidence is now available to formulate evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of PTSD-related nightmares which are often reported as the most intrusive and disruptive symptom. Objective for this study is to review comprehensively the current research literature which reflects use of antipsychotic medication risperidone for the treatment of PTSD-related nightmares of different etiology.
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