Atypical antipsychotics in bipolar and schizoaffective disorders

E. S. Brown, N. R. Thomas, T. Carmody, S. Mahadi, V. A. Nejtek

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No data are available comparing the relative efficacy of different atypical agents in patients with bipolar disorder. A chart review of bipolar and schizoaffective disorder patients who had received courses of at least two atypical agents (n = 33) in a community psychiatry system was conducted. No differences in rates of hospitalizations were found between individual atypical agents or between atypical agents as a class and conventional neuroleptics. However, a significant reduction in rates of emergency room visits was found with atypical agents compared to conventional neuroleptics, with a trend toward greater reduction with clozapine compared to other atypical antipsychotics. Larger prospective studies are needed to confirm these preliminary observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-81
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Mar 2001


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