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More than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotics are for non-severe mental illnesses

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7758 (Published 22 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7758
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Less than half the prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs issued in primary care in the United Kingdom are for the serious mental illnesses for which they are mainly licensed, a study has found.

Instead, a large proportion of prescriptions for drugs such as haloperidol, chlorpromazine, and quetiapine are being used to treat anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders, often in older people, despite the greater risk of side effects in this age group, the BMJ Open study showed.1

For the study researchers from University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Trust analysed the recorded indications …

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