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Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor The Duffy psychological and neuropsychiatrie complications is a timely and important contribution. One class tions for HIV-related concerning psychotropic medica- recent article by Buck and in the August, 1993 issue agents which can often have significant Jon A. Levenson, M.D. 1993 issue, was improvement in quality of life for our patients. of medications which was omitted from this review is the psychostimulants— methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and pemoline (Cylert). There is a growing literature which supports the use of psychostimulants for depressive syndromes in AIDS, as well as effective palliation for some of the symptoms of HIV-related dementia. These medications have few side effects. When effective, they work within a few days of initiation, and often provide increased energy and mental acuity, especially for patients with far advanced AIDS who often suffer from apathy, anergia, and amotivational states. Further, for those patients with pain syndromes who may be receiving Attending Psychiatrist Presbyterian Hospital AIDS Program Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Division Columbia courageous, and thought-provoking. Susan Smith's story illustrates beautifully the sad reality of isolation and substandard care that is often presented to the certainly informative, Department of Psychiatry University, College of Physicians http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Letters to the Editor

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 7 (6) – Dec 1, 1993

Letters to the Editor

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 7 (6) – Dec 1, 1993

Abstract

Letters to the Editor The Duffy psychological and neuropsychiatrie complications is a timely and important contribution. One class tions for HIV-related concerning psychotropic medica- recent article by Buck and in the August, 1993 issue agents which can often have significant Jon A. Levenson, M.D. 1993 issue, was improvement in quality of life for our patients. of medications which was omitted from this review is the psychostimulants— methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and pemoline (Cylert). There is a growing literature which supports the use of psychostimulants for depressive syndromes in AIDS, as well as effective palliation for some of the symptoms of HIV-related dementia. These medications have few side effects. When effective, they work within a few days of initiation, and often provide increased energy and mental acuity, especially for patients with far advanced AIDS who often suffer from apathy, anergia, and amotivational states. Further, for those patients with pain syndromes who may be receiving Attending Psychiatrist Presbyterian Hospital AIDS Program Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Division Columbia courageous, and thought-provoking. Susan Smith's story illustrates beautifully the sad reality of isolation and substandard care that is often presented to the certainly informative, Department of Psychiatry University, College of Physicians

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Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert
Copyright
Copyright 1993 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN
0893-5068
eISSN
1557-7449
DOI
10.1089/apc.1993.7.300
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Abstract

Letters to the Editor The Duffy psychological and neuropsychiatrie complications is a timely and important contribution. One class tions for HIV-related concerning psychotropic medica- recent article by Buck and in the August, 1993 issue agents which can often have significant Jon A. Levenson, M.D. 1993 issue, was improvement in quality of life for our patients. of medications which was omitted from this review is the psychostimulants— methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and pemoline (Cylert). There is a growing literature which supports the use of psychostimulants for depressive syndromes in AIDS, as well as effective palliation for some of the symptoms of HIV-related dementia. These medications have few side effects. When effective, they work within a few days of initiation, and often provide increased energy and mental acuity, especially for patients with far advanced AIDS who often suffer from apathy, anergia, and amotivational states. Further, for those patients with pain syndromes who may be receiving Attending Psychiatrist Presbyterian Hospital AIDS Program Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Division Columbia courageous, and thought-provoking. Susan Smith's story illustrates beautifully the sad reality of isolation and substandard care that is often presented to the certainly informative, Department of Psychiatry University, College of Physicians

Journal

AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Dec 1, 1993

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