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Ann Pharmacother. 1999 Feb;33(2):210-7.

Atypical antipsychotics: Part II: Adverse effects, drug interactions, and costs.

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Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacoeconomics, University of Tennessee, Memphis 38163, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the adverse effects, drug interactions, and costs of conventional and atypical agents, and to provide a summary of therapeutic guidelines. Part I compared the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of atypical and conventional agents.

DATA SOURCES:

Information was retrieved from a MEDLINE English-language literature search from June 1986 to June 1998 and by review of references. Indexing terms included atypical antipsychotics, neuroleptics, clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine, sertindole, quetiapine, and ziprasidone.

STUDY SELECTION:

Comparative studies were selected when possible; placebo-controlled studies were included when data were limited on newer atypical antipsychotics.

DATA EXTRACTION:

Emphasis was placed on properly designed clinical trials that assessed dosage, expanded efficacy, enhanced adverse effect profile, and cost.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Significant adverse effects are agranulocytosis with clozapine, dose-dependent extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) with risperidone, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome with clozapine and risperidone. Clinically relevant drug interactions may occur with clozapine-lorazepam, clozapine-fluvoxamine, and sertindole-quinidine. Newer atypical agents have high acquisition costs but may reduce noncompliance and rehospitalization rates.

CONCLUSIONS:

Risperidone or olanzapine are recommended as first-line agents for schizophrenia due to accumulating controlled trials and clinical experience. Quetiapine should be considered with partial response or if EPS develop, and clozapine is an option with treatment-refractory patients. Atypical agents may contribute to a better quality of life, but conventional neuroleptics are the first choice for strictly cost considerations.

PMID:
10084417
DOI:
10.1345/aph.17216
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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