Consensus on the Practical Use of Amisulpride, an Atypical Antipsychotic, in the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Y LecrubierJ M Vanelle
Clinical expectations in schizophrenia treatment have greatly increased since the introduction of new atypical antipsychotics, but the choice of therapeutic strategy has become more complex and reference guidelines are scarce. This paper summarizes the consensus of a broad range of professionals after long-term commercialization in France of an atypical antipsychotic, amisulpride. Participants were from psychiatric hospitals, private clinics, out-patients settings and research; all were experienced with the drug. Discussions focused on the practical use of amisulpride, as, in addition to the double-blind trials information, it may be useful for psychiatrists of other countries to intuitively understand the therapeutic properties of amisulpride. The topics selected include acute psychotic episodes, short- and long-term follow-up, feasibility of treating the initial phase, the elderly and switching treatments. The French experience emphasizes the central role of amisulpride as a first-line treatment of schizophrenia.
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