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I receive the HealthyPlace thought disorders newsletter every week and this weeks issue states that older drugs are just as effective as the second generation atypicals at treating schizophrenia, it particularly praises Fluphenazine (excuse me if I spelt that wrong)

Older drugs

Must be why I love Haldol so much!

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It's weird that for so long people have been saying atypicals are better than the typicals, and then newer studies come out saying they aren't. I wonder what changed. Drug company-fueled early studies? Chance kicking you in the ass when it came to random assignment? Who knows?

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no i haven't blackbird.

NAMI's position on atypicals vs. old school antipsychotics is that people need to have a choice in determining the best med for them, and different agencies (including the gov) may use these findings to eliminate funding for atypicals.

atypicals usually have a lower side effect profile and a lower risk of TD.

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It's a matter of how you define effective. If it's just reversal of symptoms, I don't think there has ever been any debate that the atypicals don't have much of an advantage. It's the lack of side effects, the TD risk particular that's that's important.

If this is the same study I heard about on NPR recently it's well intentioned but misguided. Um. More in a bit. I wanna look somthing up.

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