Typical and Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Utilization in a Psychiatric Clinic in Palestine

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
An-Najah Univ. J. Res. (N. Sc.), Vol. 18(1), 2004
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Waleed Sweileh
Nidal Jaradat
Abed Alsalam Al-Khayyat
Preferred Abstract (Original): 
Pattern of atypical and typical antipsychotic medications among one hundred and twenty four patients receiving these medications was investigated and analyzed. Males constitute approximately 61% of the sample. More than half of the patients in the sample were less than 50 years old. Most the patients prescribed antipsychotic medications were having schizophrenia (61%). Analysis of the prescribed antipsychotics for the patients showed that approximately 99% of the patients were receiving conventional typical antipsychotic medications either as single (70.2%) or combination (17.7%) or in depot form (10.4%). Less than 2% of the patients were receiving atypical antipsychotic medications. Among those prescribed conventional typical antipsychotic drugs, only (56%) were co-prescribed anticholinergic drugs. The underutilization of atypical antipsychotics and the underutilization of anticholinergics to be co-prescribed with conventional antipsychotics require further evaluation and investigation at the national Palestinian level.
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