FREQUENCY OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS USE BY PATIENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA IN EIGHT YEARS FOLLOW- UP

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Salman Zahid
Faiza Durrani
Rao Mushkbaar Ali Khan
Khalilullah Khalil
Zahid Nazar

Abstract

Objective: To measure the frequency of various psychotropic drugs used by
patients with schizophrenia in 8 years follow up.
Methodology: It was a descriptive observational study. This study was con -ducted at Department of Psychiatry Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar from
2004 to 2012. A sample of 52 patients diagnosed as schizophrenics was in-cluded through consecutive sampling. These patients were part of a project
known as Severe Mental Illness (SMI). They were regularly assessed once in
a month and were provided antipsychotic, antidepressants and mood stabi-lizers.
Results: The study included 52 (n=52) patients. Males were 33 (62%) and
females were 19 (37%). Age of patients ranged from 15-60 with the mean age
of 28.82 ± 10.67. Mean age of males was 31.08 ± 9.66 and of females was
25.84 ± 11.43. Number of visits missed during the study was 2%. Fifty two%
of patients were stable on 4mg of risperidone per day. Fifty percent of the pa-tients were stable on 5 to 10mg of olanzapine per day. Depot preparation was
required by 38% and less than 50% of the patients required carbamazepine
as mood stabilizers from 200 to 400mg per day. Twenty three percent of the
patients required 20gm of fluoxetine per day.
Conclusion: During 8 years follow up the most frequent anti psychotic drugs
used by patient to remain stable were risperidone 4mg per day followed by
olanzapine 5 to 10 mg per day

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Zahid S, Durrani F, Ali Khan RM, Khalil K, Nazar Z. FREQUENCY OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS USE BY PATIENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA IN EIGHT YEARS FOLLOW- UP. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2016 Feb. 6 [cited 2021 Oct. 16];30(1). Available from: https://jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/1728
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