What factors should be considered in the selection of medications for the management of schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The choice of which drug to use for treatment of a patient with schizophrenia depends on many issues, including effectiveness, cost, side-effect burden, method of delivery, availability, and tolerability. Many studies have compared antipsychotic drugs with one another, but no broad consensus has been reached. In the absence of clinical or pharmacogenetic predictors of treatment response, the current treatment approach is largely one of trial and error across sequential medication choices.


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