Event Date/Time: Dec 23, 2005 End Date/Time: Dec 30, 2005
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The purpose of this CME activity is to discuss recent advances in psychopharmacology that have significantly improved the clinical outcome and quality of life for patients with common mental illnesses and also address serious side effects of these drugs. Unfortunately, many of the newly introduced psychotropic drugs widely prescribed by psychiatrists and primary practitioners have side effects that are sometimes life threatening, such as orthostatic hypotension, agranulocytosis, ventricular arrhythmias and diabetic ketoacidosis.

The 3 workshops presented during the cruise will enable the participants to recognize these complications, manage them in a cost-efficient manner, and take preventive measures to avoid loss of life or significant functional impairment.
Objectives: Following attendance at this educational activity, participants should be able to:
· Describe the metabolic syndrome produced by psychotropic drugs
· Identify and effectively treat cardiovascular and respiratory complications of psychotropic drugs
· Identify Laboratory Abnormalities of Psychiatric Patients