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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2004 October;163(5):185-7

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Amphet­a­mine addic­tion: lack­ing con­sent for treat­ment in ­closed insti­tu­tion. Case ­report

Ros L. T.

Depart­ment of Neu­ro­sur­gery, Inde­pen­dent Pub­lic ­Health ­Care Insti­tu­tion, Armed Forc­es ­School of Med­i­cine, Cen­tral Uni­ver­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, War­saw, ­Poland


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­Detailed psy­chi­at­ric exam­ina­tion of the ­patient ­revealed ­that the ­cause of the man­i­fes­ta­tions ­that led him to ­take amphet­a­mines ­were chron­ic sub­de­pres­sive con­di­tions of endog­e­nous char­ac­ter. The ­author decid­ed to ­treat chron­ic sub­de­pres­sion con­di­tions of endog­e­nous ori­gin in the ­patient ­with ser­tra­line ­since it is a ­very ­safe ­drug. The ­author ­assumed ­here the pos­sibil­ity of inter­ac­tions ­between ser­tra­line and amphet­a­mine, ­should the ­patient, in ­spite of his numer­ous prom­is­es, ­break absti­nence and ­take amphet­a­mine. Ser­tra­line ­proved ­very effec­tive in the ­patient. Sub­de­pres­sive ­states ­regressed com­plete­ly and the ­patient has not ­been tak­ing amphet­a­mine at all for 6 ­months.

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