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Drugs. 1993 Oct;46(4):585-93.

Newer antipsychotic drugs. A review of their pharmacology and therapeutic potential.

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Department of Psychiatry, Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, New York.


Despite the enormous benefits provided by antipsychotic medication in the management of schizophrenia, available compounds have serious limitations. Firstly, they are not always effective. Secondly, positive psychopathological symptoms may benefit more than negative or deficit symptoms. Thirdly, antipsychotics are generally associated with a variety of neurological adverse effects. Three drugs have recently been or are close to being introduced into widespread clinical use: clozapine, risperidone and remoxipride. Each of these compounds appears to have some advantages over traditional antipsychotic agents, particularly in terms of reduced propensity to induce adverse neurological effects. All three drugs have been shown to be clinically effective in large scale trials. Future clinical trials are required to establish their relative merits in comparison with one another.

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