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Letters Antipsychotics and stroke risk

Effect of antipsychotics on stroke risk remains unproved

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1673
  1. David Curtis, honorary professor of psychiatry1
  1. 1Royal London Hospital, East London (NHS) Foundation Trust, London E1 1BB
  1. david.curtis{at}

    The paper by Douglas and Smeeth,1 does not, as is widely claimed, show that both typical and atypical antipsychotics increase the risk of stroke, especially in patients with dementia.

    They find that in patients who have had a stroke and who were prescribed antipsychotics by their general …

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