Journal article

Lithium and clozapine rechallenge: A retrospective case analysis

Richard A Kanaan, Robert W Kerwin

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry | PHYSICIANS POSTGRADUATE PRESS | Published : 2006


BACKGROUND: Clozapine is a uniquely effective antipsychotic, although its use is limited by the risk of neutropenia. Lithium is occasionally prescribed during a clozapine rechallenge, with the hope that it will prevent a second neutropenia or agranulocytosis. There are concerns, however, that lithium use will mask the onset of a neutropenia, leading to a more severe dyscrasia. The objective of this analysis was to determine the utility and safety of lithium coprescription in clozapine rechallenge. METHOD: A retrospective case analysis was performed of all patients who had experienced a previous clozapine-induced blood dyscrasia and had a clozapine rechallenge with lithium coprescribed in a t..

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