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Volume 36, Issue 2


Liraglutide for psychiatric disorders: clinical evidence and challenges

Mehmet Akif Camkurt
  • Neuropsychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA
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  • Harris County Psychiatric Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA
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  • Laboratório Interdisciplinar de Investigação Médica, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Published Online: 2018-07-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hmbci-2018-0031


Obesity and diabetes are both risk factors and consequences of psychiatric disorders. Glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists such as liraglutide are widely used in the treatment of diabetes and obesity. There are considerable amounts of preclinical studies showing the effects of liraglutide on promotion of neurogenesis, while preventing apoptosis and oxidation. Preliminary clinical evidence has suggested that liraglutide could decrease weight gain, improve cognition and prevent cognitive decline. Accordingly, liraglutide has been regarded as a potential candidate for the management of psychiatric disorders. Herein, we will discuss the association between obesity/diabetes and psychiatric disorders, and the emerging use of liraglutide in psychiatry.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; eating disorders; GLP-1 receptor; liraglutide; mood disorders; schizophrenia


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About the article

Received: 2018-05-01

Accepted: 2018-06-18

Published Online: 2018-07-18

Author Statement

Research funding: The Neuropsychiatry Program & Immuno-Psychiatry Lab are supported by grants from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UT Health Houston.

Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Informed consent: Informed consent is not applicable.

Ethical approval: The conducted research is not related to either human or animals use.

Citation Information: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation, Volume 36, Issue 2, 20180031, ISSN (Online) 1868-1891, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hmbci-2018-0031.

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