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Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2004 Apr;13(4):315-29.

Novel antipsychotics in schizophrenia.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Hull, UK.

Abstract

Several atypical antipsychotics have become available for the treatment of schizophrenia that are at least as effective as conventional treatment and with fewer extrapyramidal side effects. Their presumed mechanisms of therapeutic action vary and are no longer limited to dopamine D2 receptor antagonism. Numerous novel drugs are in development, with a variety of receptor affinities and other supposed therapeutic effects. This article will review current developments in drug discovery alongside contemporary evidence for potential substrates and mechanisms of antipsychotic action. Despite many promising developments there is no ideal antipsychotic to date. Progress in drug treatment for schizophrenia is confronted by several areas of difficulty which, barring serendipity, must be resolved before real advances can be anticipated.

PMID:
15102583
DOI:
10.1517/13543784.13.4.315
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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