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Prazosin for Treatment of Patients With PTSD and Comorbid Alcohol Dependence

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Annual rept. 1 Jul 2012-30 Jun 2013

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There is a high rate of comorbidity with alcohol dependence AD and post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. The rates of PTSD among individuals with AD are at least twice as high as those in the general population. In addition, alcohol dependence is the most common comorbid condition in men with PTSD. Despite this, little is known about how to best treat individuals with comorbid AD and PTSD. The use of an alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonist represents a novel approach to treatment that may target symptoms of both AD nd PTSD. There is evidence of common neurobiological mechanisms that underlie both AD and PTSD. Prazosin is an alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonist that has been used successfully in the treatment of trauma nightmares and sleep disturbance in combat veterans with PTSD, and alcohol dependence. Objective The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of prazosis 16mg versus placebo in reducing alcohol consumption and decreasing symptoms of PTSD in patients with comorbid AD and PTSD. Methods One hundred and twenty participants with a current diagnosis of AD and PTSD will be enrolled in a 13-week trial. They will be assigned, in a double-blind fashion, to either prazosin or placebo. Findings No findings are yet available for this study. Significance This project will be the first to compare prazosin to placebo as effective treatments for reducing alcohol consumption and PTSD symptoms in patients with both AD and PTSD.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Pharmacology

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