Antipsychotic medications help prevent relapses in schizophrenia, but increase side effects too

Taking another step in the discussion about the benefits of antipsychotic medications vs side effects such as weight gain, a recently published meta-analysis examined 116 reports involving 65 trials and data for 5,493 patients. Using a primary outcome of relapse between 7 and 12 months, the researchers found that use of antipsychotic drugs significantly reduced relapse rates; 64% of patients assigned to placebo relapsed within a year, compared with 27% of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs.

“The key is to discuss treatment options with each and every patient and make informed choices accordingly.”
-Saddichha Sahoo, MD, Indian physician and current fellow with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada

The analysis found that 10% of patients taking antipsychotic drugs were...

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