Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Metabolic Side Effects, Cardiovascular Risk Differs Among Antipsychotic Treatments for Schizophrenia: Presented at ECNP

The differences in metabolic side effects and cardiovascular risk resulting from antipsychotics make the initial choice of medication important in controlling long-term effects from treatments used for schizophrenia, researchers said here at the 22nd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress.

W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker, MD, Biological Psychiatry Department, Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, and colleagues analysed data from the European First Episode Schizophrenia Trial (EUFEST) study to determine the effects of several first- and second-generation antipsychotics on cardiovascular risk factors in patients with or without metabolic syndrome (MS) risk. Results of the study were presented on September 14.


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