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Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2005 Nov-Dec;13(6):317-39.

Atypical uses of atypical antipsychotics.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

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  • Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2006 Jan-Feb;14(1):44.


Atypical antipsychotic drugs are primarily indicated for the treatment of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Recently, they have also been used for mood stabilization. This article reviews other, potentially therapeutically useful indications for these medications. In most cases, the evidence supporting these new uses is limited but provocative, and involves only case reports. It has not yet been determined whether the usefulness of atypical antipsychotics for nonpsychotic disorders outweighs their potential to cause serious side effects.

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