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Early pharmacotherapy may not prevent PTSD, acute stress disorder

April 17, 2015

Early pharmacotherapies were not significantly effective in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder, according to findings from a meta-analysis in The Lancet Psychiatry.

“Based on recent advances in cognitive neuroscience, pharmacological interventions have been proposed as a promising new option in the prevention of PTSD,” study researcher Marit Sijbrandij, PhD, of VU University Amsterdam, and colleagues wrote. “Pharmacological interventions might be the most effective if offered immediately after the traumatic event, since cognitive neuroscience studies suggest a 6-[hour] window of time after a traumatic event when fear memories might be disrupted before they are consolidated.”

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