FEATURED SEARCH: anxiety
Prescriptions of antipsychotics for anxiety disorders doubled from 1996 to 2007, with the largest increase among new patients, in particular those with panic disorder. This data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey of more than 4,000 office visits to psychiatrists underscores the growing use of second-generation antipsychotic prescriptions for anxiety disorders among office-based psychiatrists, notes an editorialist.
RESULT: National Trends in the Antipsychotic Treatment of Psychiatric Outpatients With Anxiety Disorders
American Journal of Psychiatry | Oct 1, 2011 (Free abstract. Full text $35)
RESULT: Anxiety Disorders and Antipsychotic Drugs: A Pressing Need for More Research
American Journal of Psychiatry | Oct 1, 2011 (FREE FULL TEXT)
The use of atypical antipsychotics for off-label indications has only a modest benefit in a few selected conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and dementia in the elderly. The authors of this systematic review of 162 controlled trials or large observational studies noted that adverse effects outweighed the benefits with some of the drugs.
RESULT: Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Atypical Antipsychotic Medications for Off-Label Uses in Adults
JAMA | Sep 28, 2011 (Free abstract. Full text $30)