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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1996 Jun;30(3):422-5.

The successful treatment of a gender dysphoric patient with pimozide.

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Department of Psychiatry, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The case is reported of a gender dysphoric patient who responded successfully to pharmacotherapy with pimozide.

CLINICAL PICTURE:

An adult male patient with a borderline learning disability presented with cross-dressing and a strong wish to undergo a sex change.

TREATMENT:

Supportive psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy with pimozide was tried.

OUTCOME:

There was an excellent response to pimozide 2 mg daily, with a cessation of both cross-dressing and the wish for sex reassignment. When, after 1 year, the dose was reduced to 1 mg daily, there was a rapid return of the cross-dressing and the wish for sex reassignment. An increase in the dose again led to a remission which has been maintained since then.

CONCLUSION:

Pharmacotherapy with pimozide should be considered in cases of doubtful gender dysphoria.

PMID:
8839957
DOI:
10.3109/00048679609065010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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