Journal article

Effectiveness of antipsychotics used in first-episode psychosis: a naturalistic cohort study

Richard Whale, Michael Harris, Gail Kavanagh, Vijitha Wickramasinghe, Christopher I Jones, Steven Marwaha, Ketan Jethwa, Nirmalan Ayadurai, Andrew Thompson

BJPSYCH OPEN | ROYAL COLL PSYCHIATRISTS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: One year of antipsychotic treatment from symptom remission is recommended following a first episode of psychosis (FEP). AIMS: To investigate the effectiveness of commonly used antipsychotic medications in FEP. METHOD: A retrospective cohort study of naturalistic treatment of patients (N=460) accepted by FEP services across seven UK sites. Treatment initiation to all-cause discontinuation determined from case files. RESULTS: Risk of treatment discontinuation is greatest within 3 months of treatment initiation. Risperidone had longest median survival time. No significant differences were observed in time to discontinuation between commonly used antipsychotics on multivariable Cox r..

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