Which medications are used as adjunct therapy for schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Many patients with schizophrenia are treated with other psychotropic medications in addition to antipsychotic agents. Polypharmacy in schizophrenia is supported by little rigorous evidence but is widely practiced nonetheless. Medications often used include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytic agents. Carbamazepine and clozapine should not be used together.

Benzodiazepines are often used and are perceived as being quite safe. Nevertheless, they can be addictive and can lead to falls, especially in the elderly. There has long been a concern that they might increase mortality. [69]


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