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Patients With Severe Schizophrenia Aren’t Getting The Help They Need

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Patients With Severe Schizophrenia Aren’t Getting The Help They Need

Even when effectively treated, schizophrenia can be devastating, impairing a person’s social and family life, ability to work, physical health, and quality of life. Those who have schizophrenia often end up alone and impoverished. Yet the effects of this disease are even worse when treatment doesn’t work.

Treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS) is formally defined as schizophrenia that is not well controlled despite adequate trials of at least two medications — a definition that applies to between 20 to 30 percent of patients with the condition. An effective treatment exists for TRS: the anti-psychotic clozapine, which was first used to treat schizophrenia in 1971 and approved for use in the United States since 1989. Multiple studies have shown that clozapine is clearly superior to other treatment strategies for TRS, and that it is the only treatment proven to work for TRS.

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