Concomitant medication of psychoses in a lifetime perspective
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental
Volume 26, Issue 4-5, pages 322–331, June/July 2011
How to Cite
Vares, M., Saetre, P., Strålin, P., Levander, S., Lindström, E. and Jönsson, E. G. (2011), Concomitant medication of psychoses in a lifetime perspective. Hum. Psychopharmacol. Clin. Exp., 26: 322–331. doi: 10.1002/hup.1209
- Issue published online: 25 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 APR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 17 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 29 OCT 2010
- antipsychotic drugs;
- concomitant medication;
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.
A retrospective descriptive analysis of all case history data of 66 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like psychotic disorders.
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.
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. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.