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Dynamic in Prescribing Antipsychotic Drugs during Five Year Period (2001–2005) in the Psychiatric Hospital »Vrap~e«, Zagreb, Croatia

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Croatian Anthropological Society; [email protected]
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Keywords
  • Antipsychotics
  • Hospital
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Prescription
Disciplines
  • Criminology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Aim of this study was to determine changes in prescribing antipsychotics during 5 year period in Psychiatric Hospital Vrap~e. Data about type of antipsychotic medication, ward and gender were collected for all patients receiving antipsychotics on 1st of October. During 5 year period decrease in prescribing classical antipsychotics was observed while prescribing of atypical antipsychotics has shown increase. There was an increase in number of patients treated with combination of antipsychotics, while number of patients treated with clozapine remained the same. It was noticed that female patients were more often treated with atypical antipsychotics. Data for forensic and emergency ward was analyzed separately and trends similar to hospitals were noticed here. Rationalizing use of antipsychotics can decrease cost of treatment, decrease negative effects of antipsychotics and consequently improve the treatment. Through systematic studies of this type positive progress and changes in the prescribing of antipsychotics are possible.

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