ANCHOR LEAD : A CERTAIN CLASS OF MEDICATIONS MAY BE LESS USEFUL IN MENTAL DISORDERS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Atypical antipsychotic medications, which are used in a variety of mental disorders, may be less useful than previously thought, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports. Constantine Lyketsos, chair of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview, says it’s good the agency is involved.
LYKETSOS: They are looking fairly objectively at the data and are suggesting that the atypicals do not have as broad a utility clinically as was once hoped. :10
Lyketsos says the medications do continue to have a place, however.
LYKETSOS: At this point the decisions are, as we say, empirical. Basically meaning that clinicians make their best judgments. Sometimes they use behavioral treatments, other times they do use the atypicals appreciating the fact that there’s perhaps more risk than was thought before because they do work, they do help some patients, and in other situations they use antidepressants or anticonvulsants. :20
Other options should certainly be discussed with your provider. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.