Experience in the Use of Psychocorrection Therapy in the Comprehensive Treatment of Patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Combined with Dysfunction of the Biliary System
Nowadays, due to the rapid increase in the number of stress factors, it is especially important to use psychotherapy and psychopharmacotherapy in the combination treatment of patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Psychogenic overlaying plays a leading role in the clinical picture of the disease and determines the decreased performance in patients. Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of therapy with psychocorrective agents in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) associated with dysfunction of the biliary system, if they have depressive and anxiety symptoms. Materials and methods. All patients were divided into 2 groups: group I consisted of 27 patients, who received only basic combination treatment, group II — of 25 patients, who in addition to the basic treatment received thioridazine, which is a piperidine derivative of phenothiazine and belongs to the group of neuroleptics. Both groups were representative by the age, duration and course of the disease. All patients demonstrate anxiety and depressive symptoms on the HADS scale. Questionnaire SF‑36 was used to analyze the quality of life. Treatment efficacy was assessed 14 days after. Results. As a result of the treatment, an improvement in overall well-being was observed in both groups against the background of reduction in the pain and dyspeptic syndromes. Additional prescription of psychocorrectives (thioridazine) to the basic therapy results in greater positive changes in the intensity of anxiety and depressive symptoms. The distribution of patients by the level of anxiety and depression after treatment showed that these indicators were absent more often in group II (by 2.6 and 1.5 times, respectively). However, cases of clinically significant anxiety and depression were 4.6 and 3.7 times more often in patients, who did not receive thioridazine. The difference in points between the level of anxiety and depression before and after the treatment was 4 times higher in patients, who additionally received psychocorrection. Also, comparing scores before and after the treatment, we have found significant improvement in the quality of life in group II. Conclusion. The inclusion of thioridazine into the basic therapy in the presence of depressive and anxiety disorders in patients with GERD associated with dysfunction of the biliary system improves the clinical effectiveness of pharmacotherapy of this comorbid pathology.
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