Although pelvic imaging and CA 125 screens are not recommended in asymptomatic patients, they could be "reasonable options for women who have target symptoms
that are not explained by routine medical evaluation," the researchers reported.
A good trial takes 10 to 12 weeks, minimizes the dose, and carefully monitors target symptoms
as well as potential side effects.
When it is necessary to prescribe medication in a different class, there should be clear-cut target symptoms
for which the medication is being prescribed (i.
TABLE 5 Depressive Target Symptoms
Prevalence in Patients Prescribed Antidepressants Retarded, lethargic symptoms 73/91 Agitated, depressed mood 27/91 Sleep deficit ?
Ultimately, medication selection must be based on specific diagnosis, target symptoms
, medication side effects, and patient lifestyle and preferences.
She recommends that patients and their families use checklists to document symptoms, track their severity and progression, and target symptoms
to address with school personnel.
It is the first drug in the world to target symptoms
of the condition's genetic mutation.
Approving new drugs for target symptoms
rather than a DSM diagnosis might eliminate the often deplored--yet necessary--practice referred to as "off-label" pharmacotherapy.
Future study should clarify the role of target symptoms
such as agitation in identifying acuity.
Accurate conceptualization of symptoms and behaviors into groups of treatment-relevant target symptoms
is necessary for medications to be effective.