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Article Date: 21 Sep 2010 – 20:00 PDT

Patients who take newer kinds of antipsychotic medications may have a higher risk of developing serious blood clots, say researchers from Nottingham, England in an article published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal). Specifically, the risk is of venous thromoembolism – a collective term for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism. Antipsychotic drugs are not only prescribed for patients with psychosis, but occasionally for such conditions as vertigo, vomiting or nausea.

Venous thromboembolism is a major cause of illness and death, it is also preventable, the authors write. A third of survivors go on to suffer long-term effects; up to a quarter die within a week of developing the clot.

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