New treatment for PTSD

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update… 

Doctor holding a blue a pillDoctors say that many patients being treated for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) fail to respond to the usual antidepressant drugs prescribed for the problem, but now researchers have stumbled across a potentially better treatment – they noticed that PTSD patients found that many of their symptoms were relieved when they were prescribed ACE-inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for their blood pressure. The researchers at The George Washington University in Washington, say the blood pressure drugs seem to erase the memory of fear that is a feature of PTSD – however further studies will be needed before they’re prescribed for this purpose.



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