New Antipsychotics Old Results

Posted on September 16, 2008  Comments (2)

Risks Found for Youths in New Antipsychotics

A new government study published Monday has found that the medicines most often prescribed for schizophrenia in children and adolescents are no more effective than older, less expensive drugs and are more likely to cause some harmful side effects. The standards for treating the disorder should be changed to include some older medications that have fallen out of use, the study’s authors said.

“I think the reason the use of these newer drugs has gone up so fast is that there was this widespread assumption that they were safer and more effective than what we had before,” Dr. McClellan said. “Well, we’re seeing now that that’s not the whole story.”

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2 Responses to “New Antipsychotics Old Results”

  1. kouji
    September 17th, 2008 @ 2:22 am

    that’s one thing i do terribly appreciate about the scientific community. there’s review, feedback, and challenges to outdated assumptions are made. and we benefit.

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