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Re: 'Negative Symptoms': Clozapine (Clozaril/Leponex)

Posted by med_empowered on March 25, 2005, at 21:32:51

In reply to Re: 'Negative Symptoms': Clozapine (Clozaril/Leponex) ed_uk, posted by Phillipa on March 25, 2005, at 18:52:06

hey! There's a difference, apparently, between the "negative symptoms" of chronic psychotic disorders (schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia) and "depression." That said, it seems that some docs are trying anti-depressants, especially the SSRIs and "novelty" ADs, to help out with the "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia AND to treat the depressive episodes many schizophrenics experience. (The Tricyclic anti-depressants apparently increase the risk of psychosis, and some experts think they increase the risk of tardive dyskinesia...I imagine the MAOIs are rarely used for obvious reasons).




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