Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mixed results for new schizophrenia drug

Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating of the major psychiatric disorders and is also one of the most difficult to treat. Although a number of drugs are available to treat the condition they can cause significant side effects ; many patients experience only a partial improvement in their symptoms while up to 30% experience no relief at all. A study of 444 patients compared those taking a placebo with those taking an existing anti-psychotic drug, olanzapine and those taking a new anti-psychotic drug paliperidone. Although the new drug was found to be no more effective than olanzapine it can be taken in a long-acting, extended-release form and was found to be relatively safe.

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