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High-dose antipsychotics place children at increased risk of unexpected death

by Dec. 13, 2018, 9:49 AM

Children and young adults without psychosis who are prescribed high-dose antipsychotic medications are at increased risk of unexpected death, despite the availability of other medications to treat their conditions, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published today in JAMA Psychiatry.

The findings reinforce guidelines for cautious use of antipsychotics in younger populations, according to senior author Wayne Ray, PhD, professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


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