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Letter to the Editor

Aripiprazole Augmentation of Venlafaxine in the Treatment of Psychogenic Excoriation

W. Grady Carter III, MD, and Samuel D. Shillcutt, PhD, PharmD

Published: August 1, 2006

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Sir: Psychogenic excoriation, or pathologic skin picking, is a well-recognized syndrome characterized by excessive scratching or picking of normal skin or skin with minor irregularities.1 Case studies, open trials, and small double-blind studies report efficacy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.1 We describe a female patient whose psychogenic excoriation was unresponsive to a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, but improved markedly when aripiprazole was added.

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Volume: 67

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