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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2005 Jan-Mar;41(1):45-7.

The art of prescribing. Principles of switching novel antipsychotic medications.


This case history is one example of how patients can be switched to novel antipsychotic medications in persons with chronic and stable schizophrenia. This brief discussion offers several guidelines for switching novel antipsychotic medications. The decision to switch medications must be based on individual patient needs, variances, and preferences. Clinical decisions must also be guided by current clinical data from psychiatric and physical examinations and treatment goals that improve quality of life and psychosocial functioning.

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