Thursday, June 17, 2010

Aspirin for schizophrenia

Aspirin could have a role in the treatment of schizophrenia. Nobody really knows what causes schizophrenia but previous studies have shown that anti-inflammatory drugs such as celexicob can have some effect, suggesting that inflammation plays a role in the process. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and researchers from the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, studied 80 patients over 3 months, half of whom were given an aspirin and half of whom took a placebo. The participants continued to take their antipsychotic medication and were given other drugs to prevent the stomach problems sometimes caused by taking aspirin. After three months the patients who had been given the aspirin showed a significant reduction in their schizophrenia symptoms.

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