Clozapine and risperidone: combination/augmentation treatment of refractory schizophrenia: a preliminary observation

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Abstract:

Objective: Clozapine and risperidone were the first two antipsychotic drugs of a new class of agents for the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia. It has been suggested that refractory schizophrenic patients who fail to respond to neither clozapine nor risperidone may respond to a combination/augmentation strategy of both medicaments.

Method: Three cases of individuals with unremittent schizophrenia treated via this combination are presented. Response was evaluated by clinical follow‐up and PANSS rating scale.

Results: Good clinical results with no noticeable adverse side effects, ascertained by a reduction from baseline scores of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) were obtained in all three patients.

Conclusions: The findings from this pilot study suggest this combination as a possible therapeutic approach for treating resistant schizophrenic patients.

Keywords: augmentation; clozapine; risperidone; schizophrenia

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-0447.2000.101004334.x

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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