June 15, 2005

Schizophrenia, Meds & Side Effects

Schizophrenia And Medication Side Effects

Recently there has been a lot of news about the medications used for treating schizophrenia. From Florida's possible drug restrictions for Medicaid patients to Eli Lilly's recent "announcement to spend $690 million to end lawsuits (concerning side effects)..." A significant focus of this news has been on the side effects of these medications.

Medication side effects (with all diseases) are common to many people diagnosed with schizophrenia. One example is the "renowned jazz musician and composer" Tom Harrell. Harrell has been on many different medications and as a result, he has suffered from side effects such as weight gain, fatigue, and even the "deadly condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome, in which the muscles become rigid, blood pressure rises and muscles can deteriorate." Though, Harrell is much better now, many patients have similar experiences.

The good news is that, "a 1,600 patient clinical trial comparing widely used antipsychotics (...) is expected to be available later this summer. The trial, known by the codename CATIE, is being funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and will compare Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon and Risperdal, from Johnson & Johnson (...), and an older antipsychotic. Results are expected by the end of the summer. " Doctors hope that the data from the study "will make it easier to match patients like Harrell with the right drug for them."

This information was provided by Forbes.com:

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My son was killed by Zyprexa. At the time there was no warning in this country. I have read that even though it may help people it is the most dangerous drug of all. If you are taking it, monitor your weight and blood sugar and if you have diabetes, don't take it.

Posted by: Ellen at August 19, 2005 01:57 PM

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