A Retrospective Study of Pimavanserin Use in a Movement Disorders Clinic

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Pimavanserin, a 5-HT2A inverse agonist, was commercially released in the United States in April 2016 for the treatment of Parkinson disease psychosis. No “naturalistic” treatment results have yet been published. Charts from the movement disorders clinic were reviewed for all patients who received this drug as treatment for psychosis associated with primary parkinsonism due to α-synucleinopathies. Data of 10 patients with idiopathic Parkinson disease, including 1 with a long history of schizophrenia, 4 with dementia with Lewy bodies, and 1 with multiple-system atrophy, were reviewed. There were no adverse events reported. Ten patients improved and continue on the drug, whereas 5 stopped because of lack of benefit.

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