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By Peter F. Liddle (auth.), Dr. Bart A. Ellenbroek, Dr. Alexander R. Cools (eds.)

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ISBN-13: 9783034895712

The advent of chlorpromazine in 1953, and haloperidol in 1958, into medical perform dramatically altered the remedy of schizophrenic sufferers. even though representing on no account a medication for this critical psychiatric unwell­ ness, it allowed, for the 1st time, to competently regulate the critical hallu­ cinations and delusional ideals which stop those sufferers from best a roughly autonomous lifestyles. certainly those antipsychotics (and the various congeners that have been to stick with) considerably decreased the quantity ofchronic schizophrenic inpatients in psychiatric clinics around the world. notwithstanding quickly after their creation it turned transparent that, like every different on hand medicinal drugs, antipsychotics have been certainly not miracle medicines. actually, significant difficulties seemed. First, the antipsychotics had little or no impact at the so-called damaging or disorder signs, like social isolation, apathy and anhedonia, and secondly nearly all antipsychotics produced a couple of side-effects, of which the neurological (often known as additional­ pyramidal) side-effects have been the main frustrating. particularly the tardive dyskinesia, which happened in approximately 15 to twenty% of the sufferers after seasoned­ longed therapy, represented an important challenge within the therapy of schizo­ phrenic patients.

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At the core of "atypicality" is a reduced liability to induce EPS, and this definition continues to enjoy broad acceptance; however, it appears to be incomplete: for example, as we have argued elsewhere, such a definition is satisfied by the 40-year-old agent thioridazine as well as by remoxipride, with clinical differences in favour of remoxipride being evident, rather, in terms of sedative, autonomic, sexual and other non-neurological adverse effects [78]. Furthermore, clozapine confirms that it is realistic to have yet higher expectations for new antipsychotics, to include also superior efficacy.

Most symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions wax and wane over time, suggesting a functional rather than a morphological brain disturbance. Moreover, most patients suffering from schizophrenia acquire the disease early in life (between 18 and 30 years) and may live well into their sixties or seventies. Even if, in post mortem studies, brain abnormalities are found, it is virtually impossible to determine whether these disturbances are related to the cause of the illness, or are a result of it, or due to the (many) treatments these patients usually undergo throughout life.

Moreover, most patients suffering from schizophrenia acquire the disease early in life (between 18 and 30 years) and may live well into their sixties or seventies. Even if, in post mortem studies, brain abnormalities are found, it is virtually impossible to determine whether these disturbances are related to the cause of the illness, or are a result of it, or due to the (many) treatments these patients usually undergo throughout life. The study of the human brain has dramatically changed in the last few decades due to the introduction of new imaging techniques that make it possible to study the living brain.

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