Cheap medicine best for schizophrenia

Schizophrenia patients live longer if they cheap generic clozapine than when they swallow more expensive medication. That Finnish researchers write today in the medical journal The Lancet. Minister Klink will be pleased with the research: its aim is for doctors to prescribe cheaper medicines, thus saving on the already expensive health care. Clozapine (sold as Clozaril) is among the first generation antipsychotics. That newer and more modern pills do not always work better, the Finns found that 67,000 cases of Finnish schizophrenia patients over 10 years analyzed. Patients who take modern medicines like quetiapine showed a 41% higher mortality rate than the “old” clozapine. For risperidone (Risperidal) is 35%. Also, olanzapine (Zyprexa that has branded last week was negative press because of side effects manufacturer Lilly would have concealed) is the mortality rate is 13 percent. Jari Tiihonen study according to health authorities clozapine seen wrongly as a last option. While there are negative side effects, but that weighting did not outweigh the benefits of the drug. This would clozapinegebruikers significantly less likely to commit suicide. In Spitz says the director Bert Stavenuiter of Ypsilon, an association of relatives of people with schizophrenia or psychosis, the study shows that the practice should be reviewed. “One patient, not the practitioner determines which side effects are acceptable.” In the Netherlands suffer approximately 130,000 Dutch psychiatric disorder to schizophrenia. The disease usually manifests itself between the 15th and 30th birthday.




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