According to an article in today's Los Angeles Times, a widely used class of antipsychotic drugs (including bestsellers Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel) is just as likely to cause a fatal heart attack as older antipsychotic drugs like haloperidol.
The drugs are approved for treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in the general population. However, their use has been expanding to treat aggression in young people and dementia in the elderly. Read more about this study here.
What do you think? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Or do you think they should be taken off the market? If you have had experiences with antipsychotics please do share!
Published On: January 15, 2009