Posttraumatic Stress Disorder- Pharmacy Technician

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Most traumatic events do not result in PTSD, however community practitioners may have seen an increasing number of patients with PTSD over the last several years due to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, making understanding and awareness of this illness imperative. PTSD is often a chronic disorder linked with suicidal behaviors and high rates of coexisting conditions. While all classes of psychoactive medications have been studied, the largest body of evidence supports the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs); sertraline and paroxetine are FDA approved for the treatment of PTSD. Non-SSRI antidepressants may be considered for patients who do not respond to SSRIs. Combinations of medications may be needed to adequately control symptoms. Anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and adrenergic agents may be useful as add-on agents depending on which targeted symptoms are most prevalent in an individual. This issue reviews all aspects of PTSD treatment including psychotherapy, targeting symptom clusters with medications, prevention/treatment of coexisting conditions, prevention of relapse, medication side effects and interactions, and considerations for an improved quality of life.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-10-009-H01-T
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.