n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Pitfalls in the care of the very sick psychotic patient : editorial

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Extracted from text ... 10 editorial Volume 12 No. 1 March 2006 - SAJP Pitfalls in the care of the very sick psychotic patient In the state psychiatric sector consultants are often faced with management of the very sick psychotic patient. There are guidelines to managing treatment resistance in schizophrenia, which may follow the following path.1 If a treatment effect (30 - 40% improvement of positive symptoms on standardised rating scales after a month or two of treatment) is not observed, most clinicians switch to a second-generation antipsychotic drug. When switching from either conventional antipsychotics to a second-generation antipsychotic or from one second-generation antipsychotic ..

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