From FOX 17 News Nashville: “A FOX 17 News investigation found a drug treating PTSD in our veterans could be killing them. Prazosin is a blood pressure medication commonly prescribed to treat PTSD nightmares. Only two drugs are approved by the FDA to treat PTSD, and Prazosin is not one of them. […]
Dr. Vaughn McCall of Augusta University recently did a study on the drug. He found responses like Sgt. Chapman’s aren’t uncommon.
‘We found that not only did the Prazosin not seem to do much as an advantage to the suicidal ideation, it seemed to reduce the degree of improvement that we see in the nightmares and the general sleep disturbance,’ Dr. McCall said.
He said patients who took a placebo saw more of an improvement.
‘It makes me pause and, at a minimum, I would hesitate giving Prazosin to a suicidal patient with PTSD,’ Dr. McCall said.”