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PTSD drug may increase nightmares, insomnia, suicide risk

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THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 –“ A drug used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder may actually be harmful, a new study suggests.

 

The high blood pressure drug prazosin is sometimes used to treat PTSD-related nightmares and insomnia that can increase suicide risk. 

 

But this small study suggests the drug may make nightmares and insomnia worse and not reduce suicidal thoughts in PTSD patients.

 

“I think we have to view this as not the final word on this, but it raises questions,” said study author Dr. W. Vaughn McCall. He’s chairman of psychiatry and health behavior at the Medical College of Georgia.

 

The study included 20 PTSD patients, including two military veterans and several civilian women who had been sexually assaulted. All had active suicidal thoughts, some had previously attempted suicide, and most were taking antidepressants and/or had them prescribed for the study.

 

For eight weeks, participants took prazosin at bedtime with an aim of preventing nightmares and suicidal thoughts. They were assessed weekly for severity of suicidal thoughts, nightmares, insomnia, depression and PTSD.

 

The drug “did not seem to do much for suicidal ideation and that was somewhat disappointing, but the thing what was mind-blowing was that it actually worsened nightmares,” McCall said in a university news release. “Maybe it’s not for everybody.”

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