Trichotillomania treated with n-acetylcysteine

Kilic, F; Keles, S

Kilic, F (reprint author), Suleyman Demirel Univ, Arastirma & Uygulama Hastanesi, Psikiyatri Anabilim Dali, TR-32260 Isparta, Turkey.

PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 2019; 29 (4): 544

Abstract

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a disorder characterized by repetitive hair pulling resulting in hair loss and it is usually difficult to treat with a chronic course of illness. Currently, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most frequently prescribed drugs for adults with TTM. Various studies and case reports give mixed results. Therefore, the treatment effectiveness of SSRIs remains uncertain. There is a growing interest regarding the use of glutamatergic agents in obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder. Here, we report an 18-year-old female patient with TTM, which successfully treated with glutamate modulator n-acetylcysteine.

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