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Medication management during electroconvulsant therapy

Authors Zolezzi M

Received 20 November 2015

Accepted for publication 27 January 2016

Published 19 April 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 931—939

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S100908

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewers approved by Dr Lucy Goodman

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder


Monica Zolezzi

Clinical Pharmacy and Practice, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Abstract: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has demonstrated to be highly effective and safe, even life saving for many psychiatric disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Most patients who require ECT are also on concurrent pharmacotherapy. As such, the objective of this article is to provide a review of the most recent literature focusing on the medications used during an ECT procedure and on the effects of concurrent psychiatric and non-psychiatric medications on the effectiveness and safety of ECT. The review also attempts to summarize the recommendations derived from existing documents to guide pharmacotherapy decisions for patients undergoing ECT. For this purpose, using electronic databases, an extensive search of the current literature was made using ECT and medications or drug classes as keywords.

Keywords: ECT, medications, drug interactions

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