January 2017

Features

An Overview of the Management of Concussion

Both pharmacologic (medication management for cognitive, emotional, and neurologic symptoms) and nonpharmacologic approaches (cognitive and physical rest) are essential for treatment.

Antiepileptic Drugs for Epilepsy

Available AEDs are associated with a number of adverse effects and drug-drug interactions.

Eslicarbazepine and Other Treatment Advances for Focal Seizures

Epilepsy and the corresponding seizure disorders, such as focal (partial-onset) seizures, provide challenges for both patients and healthcare providers.

Exercise-Induced Headaches: Prevention, Management, and Treatment

Patients who experience headache upon strenuous physical activity may find it difficult to exercise for sufficient durations or intensities.

FDA-Approved Nonbenzodiazepine Receptor Agonists for the Management of Insomnia

Pharmacists should understand the appropriate utility of the five FDA-approved non-BZDRA sleep aids.

Neuromuscular Blocking Agents: Use and Controversy in the Hospital Setting

Neuromuscular blocking agents play an important role in the management of a large number of hospital patients.

Patient Teaching Aid: Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is usually inherited, but it sometimes develops spontaneously. View a new PTA Video about MD.

Trigeminal Neuralgia: A “Lightning Bolt” of Pain

Anticonvulsants are considered first-line treatment options for debilitating facial discomfort.

Contemporary Compounding

Sucralfate 200 mg/mL and Nystatin 20,000 U/mL Oral Suspension

This preparation may be used in the treatment of ulcerations, erosions, and esophageal infections.

Diagnostic Spotlight

Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid System

This is the first prescription device approved by the FDA to assist in diagnosing ADHD.

Editorial

Focusing on Concussion

Pharmacists are well positioned to convey information about brain-related injuries.

Senior Care

Late-Onset Myasthenia Gravis: Fatigability and Fluctuating Weakness

In older age groups, men are affected more often and the disease is often misdiagnosed. Triggers include medications such as antibiotics, beta-blockers, and statins.

TechRx

Using Advanced Analytics to Develop New Therapeutic Approaches for Complex Neurodegenerative Diseases

Intensive efforts are underway to develop novel and more effective therapies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS.

TrendWatch

Health Consequences in Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Nearly all caregivers of relatives with Alzheimer's disease experience some sort of impact on their health.

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