Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2010  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13--16

A Study of an antipsychotic prescription pattern of patients with schizophrenia in a developing country


Smitha Ramadas1, Praveenlal Kuttichira1, TP Sumesh2, Shijin A Ummer3 
1 Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, India
2 St. James Hospital, Chalakkudy, India
3 Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India

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Smitha Ramadas
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Background: Though there are several recommended guidelines for treating schizophrenia, in routine clinical practice, these are not followed. Aim: To conduct an audit of the prescription pattern of antipsychotic drugs in patients with schizophrenia, in a tertiary care centre in India, during a period of 1 year and compare it with Maudsley guidelines and Clinical practice guidelines for Psychiatrists in India (IPS guidelines). Materials and Methods: Data were collected from the case records, compiled, and analyzed. The concordance or discordance with Maudsley and IPS guidelines were studied. Results: The demographic variables of the patients and the prescription pattern of drugs were analyzed. The correlations between supramaximal and sub-threshold dosage of drugs to the gender, age, duration of illness, and combination of drugs were examined. Conclusions: Polypharmacy of antipsychotics is common. 31% of patients were on combination of typical and atypical antipsychotics. 4% of patients were receiving supramaximal dose of antipsychotics and all of them were on combination (P =<0.03, x2 ). 24% of patients were on sub-threshold doses. 83% were not on anticholinergic drugs.


How to cite this article:
Ramadas S, Kuttichira P, Sumesh T P, Ummer SA. A Study of an antipsychotic prescription pattern of patients with schizophrenia in a developing country.Indian J Psychol Med 2010;32:13-16


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Ramadas S, Kuttichira P, Sumesh T P, Ummer SA. A Study of an antipsychotic prescription pattern of patients with schizophrenia in a developing country. Indian J Psychol Med [serial online] 2010 [cited 2020 May 28 ];32:13-16
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