Long-term effectiveness of risperidone and olanzapine in resistant or intolerant schizophrenic patients. A mirror study
Abstract:Søholm B, Lublin H. Long-term effectiveness of risperidone and olanzapine in resistant or intolerant schizophrenic patients. A mirror study.
Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 107: 344–350. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective:
To evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the second generation antipsychotics, risperidone and olanzapine on hospitalization, clinical response, and adherence to therapy after switching from conventional antipsychotics or clozapine in a naturalistic setting of schizophrenic patients. Method:
Data were registered for periods of identical duration before and after switching. Results:
Fifty-seven patients were included. Mean study period was 3.1 ± 0.2 years. Mean number of in-patient days after switching declined by 78% of the level before switching (P=0.0002). There was no significant differences in ratio responders/non-responders between the subgroups. The number of patients with extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) was significantly reduced after switching. However, intolerable weight gain led to a lack of adherence to therapy in 18% of the olanzapine-treated patients. Conclusion:
Long-term treatment with the second generation antipsychotics, risperidone and olanzapine significantly improved the clinical outcome. However, weight gain may be a significant reason for discontinuation of treatment and reducing the long-term adherence to therapy.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Psychiatric Department O, Psychiatric Clinic, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication date: May 1, 2003