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Management of Treatment Refractory Schizophrenia

  • D. P. Morrison (a1)

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There is a general consensus that 5–25% of schizophrenic patients are partially or totally unresponsive to antipsychotic drug therapy (Brenner et al, 1990). Agreement is needed on how to define the varying degrees of response and resistance in individual patients on conventional antipsychotic medication. Apparent “treatment resistance” may be due to noncompliance; excessive protein binding with inadequate bio-availability of the neuroleptic; an inadequate or excessive dose resulting in poor efficacy or side-effects outweighing therapeutic effects (Osser, 1989); or incorrect diagnosis.

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