Monday, September 29, 2008

Oestrogen for psychosis

An Australian study looked into the effectiveness of oestrogen, combined with antipsychotic drugs, in the treatment of schizophrenia. The study included 102 women of child-bearing age with schizophrenia. For 28 days 56 of the women received 100 micrograms of estradiol daily via a skin patch while the rest of the women wore a placebo patch. The women's psychotic symptoms, including delusions and hallucinatory behaviour were assessed weekly and those taking estradiol showed a greater improvement in symptoms. However, the oestrogen treatment had no effect in improving the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

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