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By Selena Chavis
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 2, 2010

A new study has identified six variables in the early treatment of schizophrenia patients to predict the oncoming need for switching the antipsychotic medication in order to meet long-term treatment needs.

As mainstays in the clinical treatment and management of schizophrenia, antipsychotic medications often have to be switched due to less than optimal responses from patients or lack of tolerance.

Recently published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, Haya Ascher-Svanum of Eli Lilly and Company and a team of researchers noted that minimal data exists on the frequency, timing and predictors of medication changes in schizophrenia patients.

“Previous studies evaluating predictors of switching assessed a relatively narrow range of variables and did so for patients who may not be representative of those treated in usual outpatient care settings,” the team wrote, adding that “furthermore, previous research assessed predictors of medication switching at discrete time points, thus providing a time-limited context for this dynamic treatment practice.”

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/02/medication-switching-in-schizophrenia-patients/19005.html



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