Antipsychotic Hiatus Prolongs Recovery, Ups Relapse Risk

Interrupting antipsychotic medication following a first episode of psychosis is associated with a 5-fold increased risk for relapse and a longer time to recovery, new research shows.

The results of a prospective study led by Thomas Elanjithara, MBBS, MRCPsych, of the Institute of Psychiatry at Maudsley Hospital and King’s College London in the United Kingdom, suggest that “antipsychotic treatment should be uninterrupted in the early stages of psychosis, and periods of even short breaks in treatment carry risk of adverse outcome, like longer time to recover, and high risk of immediate relapse.”

by Daniel M. Keller, PhD

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