Antipsychotic Polypharmacy Has Prevalence of 12 Percent

Share this content:
Antipsychotic Polypharmacy Has Prevalence of 12 Percent
Antipsychotic Polypharmacy Has Prevalence of 12 Percent

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among adult patients discharged from state psychiatric inpatient hospitals, the prevalence of antipsychotic polypharmacy is 12 percent, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice.

Glorimar Ortiz, from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute in Falls Church, Va., and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study of all discharges for adult patients (aged 18 to 64 years) from state psychiatric inpatient hospitals. Predictors of antipsychotic polypharmacy were examined.

The researchers found that antipsychotic polypharmacy had a prevalence of 12 percent. Eighteen percent of the discharged patients receiving at least one antipsychotic medication were on antipsychotic polypharmacy. Having a diagnosis of schizophrenia and a length of stay of 90 days or more were the strongest predictors of polypharmacy. Antipsychotic polypharmacy was mainly prescribed to reduce symptoms.

"Antipsychotic polypharmacy continues at a high enough rate to affect nearly 10,000 patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia each year in state psychiatric inpatient hospitals," the authors write. "Further analysis of the clinical presentation of these patients may highlight particular aspects of the illness and its previous treatment that are contributing to practices outside the best-practice guideline."

Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Approves Zejula for Certain Female Cancers

FDA Approves Zejula for Certain Female Cancers

PARP inhibitor may help fight tumors affecting the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or peritoneum

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Celiac Dz Screen in Asymptomatic

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Celiac Dz Screen in ...

Insufficient evidence for weighing benefits, harms of screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic

Lap, Abdominal Hysterectomy Equal for Early Endometrial CA

Lap, Abdominal Hysterectomy Equal for Early Endometrial CA

Equivalent disease-free survival at 4.5 years for stage I endometrial cancer with TAH, TLH

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »