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Antipsychotics Boost Life Expectancy of Those With Schizophrenia

(11/6/2012)

Antipsychotics Boost Life Expectancy of Those With Schizophrenia
Psych Central

November 2, 2012

New research shows that individuals with schizophrenia are significantly more likely to live longer if they take their antipsychotic drugs on schedule, avoid extremely high doses and also regularly see a mental health professional.  “We know that antipsychotic medications reduce symptoms, and our study shows that staying on reasonable, recommended doses is associated with longer life,” said Dr. Bernadette A. Cullen, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and leader of the study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin. “The same is true for going to see a psychiatrist or therapist.”

View the full article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/11/02/antipsychotics-boost-life-expectancy-of-those-with-schizophrenia/47056.html


Keywords: antipsychotics, life expectancy,schizophrenia



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