Kids Are Better Off Using Older Antipsychotic Drugs

September 16, 2008

A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that older antipsychotic drugs are better for children to take than newer ones..Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that older antipsychotic drugs are better for children to take than newer ones.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health carried out the study.

The study compared an older antipsychotic drug, molindone, to new drugs such as Zyprexa fro Eli Lilly, and Risperdal from Janssen.

The study included 119 people between the ages of 8 and 19.

They split them into 3 groups, with each group taking a different drug to treat schizophrenia.

The older drugs, which are cheaper, proved to be safer and more effective.

They concluded that 34% of those on Zyprexa, and 46% of those on Risperdal showed significant improvement.

This aws nothing though compared to 50% who showed improvement on the older drug.

Kids on the new drugs were more likely to gain weight, between 10 and 13 pounds, compared to just 1 pound or less on the older drugs.

The new drugs also put their health at risk due to changing cholesterol levels and such.


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