Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a growing national health issue that commonly results in clinically significant cognitive impairments. This article reviews and evaluates the many proposed psychopharmacological treatments for TBI-related cognitive impairment. A literature review was utilized to focus on stimulant and nonstimulant dopamine enhancing agents, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, antidepressant agents, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines. The most consistent evidence supports the use of dopamine enhancing medications. However, other medications such as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and antidepressant agents may help select subgroups. A need remains for well designed, sufficiently powered studies that incorporate functionally relevant neuropsychological outcome measures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health