Concomitant medication of psychoses in a lifetime perspective

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Concomitant medication of psychoses in a lifetime perspective
Author(s) Vares, Maria ; Saetre, Peter ; Strålin, Pontus ; Levander, Sten ; Lindström, Eva ; Jönsson, Erik G
Date 2011
English abstract
OBJECTIVE: Patients treated with antipsychotic drugs often receive concomitant psychotropic compounds. Few studies address this issue from a lifetime perspective. Here, an analysis is presented of the prescription pattern of such concomitant medication from the first contact with psychiatry until the last written note in the case history documents, in patients with a diagnosis of psychotic illness. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive analysis of all case history data of 66 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like psychotic disorders. RESULTS: Benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-related anxiolytic drugs had been prescribed to 95% of the patients, other anxiolytics, sedatives or hypnotic drugs to 61%, anti-parkinsonism drugs to 86%, and antidepressants to 56% of the patients. However, lifetime doses were small and most of the time patients had no concomitant medication. The prescribed lifetime dose of anti-parkinsonism drugs was associated with that of prescribed first-generation but not second-generation antipsychotics. CONCLUSIONS: Most psychosis patients are sometimes treated with concomitant drugs but mainly over short periods. Lifetime concomitant add-on medication at the individual patient level is variable and complex but not extensive.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hup.1209 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Host/Issue Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental;4-5
Volume 26
ISSN 1099-1077
Pages 322-331
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) antipsychotic drugs
concomitant medication
schizophrenia
retrospective
poly-pharmacy
lifetime
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13874 (link to this page)

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