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Drugs Used to Treat Schizophrenia Chapter 17. Positive symptoms of schizophrenia Delusions Hallucinations Bizarre behaviors Dissociated or fragmented.

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1 Drugs Used to Treat Schizophrenia Chapter 17

2 Positive symptoms of schizophrenia Delusions Hallucinations Bizarre behaviors Dissociated or fragmented thoughts Incoherence illogicality

3 Negative symptoms of schizophrenia Blunted affect Impaired emotional responsiveness Apathy Loss of motivation & interest Social withdrawal

4 Why are these symptoms important in drug therapy? Classic agents affect primarily positive symptoms, while the atypical antipsychotics relieve both positive and negative symptoms

5 Neurotransmitters involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia Dopamine: antipsychotics work by being antagonists of dopamine Glutamate: a glutamate-NMDA receptor deficiency may explain negative symptoms & cognitive dysfunction Serotonin: serotoninergic activity may be a complementary action to dopaminergic blockade; also may be a serotonin-glutamate interaction—drug-induced serotonin blockade functions to limit glutamate release

6 Are all antipsychotics neuroleptics? Neuroleptic means “to take control of the neuron”. Traditional antipsychotics were previously viewed to be inseparable from extrapyramidal side effects. The neuroleptic dose was gradually increased to the level that produced these effects—a neuroleptic state. Atypical antipsychotics can produce effects at doses that do not produce motor side effects and do not produce a neuroleptic state.

7 Primary clinical differences between traditional and atypical antipsychotics Separation of side effects and antipsychotic effects Traditional block dopamine—effective for positive symptoms; Atypical block dopamine plus action on serotonin & glutamate—effective for negative and symptoms and cognitive deficits as well

8 What is a tranquilizer? Tranquilizers are typically thought of as agents that induce a peaceful, tranquil, calm, or pleasant state It is important to distinguish between two types –Minor: (benzodiazapines) reduce anxiety, produce calm, pleasant state –Major: (antipsychotics) psychological effects produced are seldom pleasant or euphoric; especially unpleasant & dysphoric with nonpsychotic persons

9 Mechanisms of action of traditional antipsychotics Block dopamine D 2 receptors

10 Mechanisms of Atypical Antipsychotics Clozapine: blocks serotonin 5-HT 2 receptors; weak blocker of dopamine Olanzapine: blocks dopamine D 2 and serotonin 5-HT receptors Sertindole: effects a variety of dopamine and serotonin receptors Quetiapine & ziprasidone: antagonists at neurotransmitter receptors including 5- HT 1A, 5-HT 2, D 1, D 2, histamine, and adrenergic

11 Side Effects of Phenothiazines Altered pigmentation of the skin Pigment deposits in the retina Permanently impaired vision Decreased pituitary function Menstrual dysfunction Allergic reactions, which include liver dysfunction and blood disorders

12 Clozapine It is the only antipsychotic drug that is effective in treating treatment-resistant schizophrenics. It is clinically superior to traditional antipsychotics It relieves many of the negative symptomatology of schizophrenia, and lacks many of the extrapyramidal side effects of standard neuroleptics

13 Chlorpromazine Chlorpromazine was first used to allay fears and anxieties in surgery patients the night before surgery. It was found to be remarkably effective in alleviating the clinical manifestations of the psychotic process.

14 Olanzapine Olanzapine has been shown to be produce improvements in positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Extrapyramidal side effects are only rarely observed. Results suggest olanzapine may be more effective and better tolerated than traditional antipsychotics in less severely impaired patients.

15 Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Molindone, loxapine, clozapine, risperidone, pimozide, olanzapine, sertindole, quetiapine, and ziprazadone They are all alternatives to phenothiazines, and the all are unique in action.

16 Amisulpride This drug has a unique neurochemical and psychopharmacological profile: it has high selectivity for blocking dopamine D2 & D3 receptor subtypes in the limbic system, but not the basal ganglia, and it blocks functional responses mediated by those receptors.

17 Amisulpride As a dopamine blocker, one would predict that it would exert actions similar to those of the traditional antipsychotics, however, amisulpride is twice as selective for D3 receptors than for D2 receptors; at low doses it blocks presynaptic dopamine autoreceptors while postsynaptic dopamine receptor D2 antagonism becomes apparent at higher doses.

18 Amisulpride This dual action results in increased dopamine activity in the mesolimbic system at low doses and an antipsychotic action at higher doses, with a low incidence of extrapyramidal side effects.


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