Prescribing pattern of antipsychotics for schizophrenia : a prospective study

Senthil Raja M, Ashli Raj Vettikkadan and Limna A.L

Antipsychotics are a class of agents which are able to reduce psychotic symptoms in a wide range of conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, senile psychosis, various organic psychosis and drug induced psychosis. A case study was conducted between February 2014 and august 2014. This study was carried out at the tertiary care hospital, erode. 25 patients were included. On reviewing the prescription the most common disease was found to be schizophrenia followed by acute and chronic psychosis. Age wise it was seen that the diseases were most common in 30 – 40 years age group. The psychiatric diseases were found to be in males (44%) compared to females (56%).The total no. of drugs prescribed is 135. Of which oral medications 131 (97.03%) and parenteral medications 4 (2.96%). To conclude, our study shows that a were the most common drugs prescribed in patients with and was in accordance with the treatment done in our country and abroad also it was at par with treatment protocol. Olanzapine was the most common medication used followed by risperidone orally. This was a study which was carried out to view treatment schedule in our hospital and its stand with respect to rest of the country.

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