[The latest antipsychotics–novelties or reiteration of the old?].

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[The latest antipsychotics--novelties or reiteration of the old?].

Duodecim. 2016;132(12):1119-24

Authors: Koponen H, Lappalainen J, Leinonen E

Both conventional and more recent antipsychotics are effective in the treatment of hallucinatory and delusional symptoms in psychotic patients. With the exception of clozapine, no major differences in the efficacy of different antipsychotics have been found in clinical drug trials. There are, however, significant differences between drugs in their adverse effects, and the new antipsychotics or dosage forms introduced over the past ten years actually provide novel alternatives for the treatment of patients having body weight issues or cardiometabolic risk factors. Long-acting injections in turn reduce the need for psychiatric hospital care.

PMID: 27483628 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]