Add-on treatment of aripiprazole in an adult onychophagia patient
M. Cemal Kaya 1 * , Mahmut Bulut, Yasin Bez
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1 Dicle Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Psikiyatri AD, Diyarbakır, Turkey* Corresponding Author


Nail biting (onychophagia) is a common disorder which has not been investigated yet. There are different opinions about to classify onychophagia, but according to DSM-IV-TR it is classified as impulse control disorder not otherwise specified. The knowledge about treatment of onychophagia is limited. There are a few studies about treatment of onychophagia with psychotherapy and a study with pharmacotherapy. Some studies suggest that an atypical antipsychotic aripiprazole may have beneficial effects in the treatment of impulse control disorders. In this study we report a case of onychophagia which has successfully treated with aripiprazole add-on to escitalopram treatment that has never reported before.


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Article Type: Case Report

J Clin Exp Invest, 2012, Volume 3, Issue 4, 545-547

Publication date: 13 Dec 2012

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