Systematic practice-based interventions may help reduce the widespread use of antipsychotic polypharmacy


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Abstract

Although antipsychotic polypharmacy is a common and widespread practice, it is usually only recommended as a strategy of last resort by treatment guidelines. The use of systematic practice-based interventions may help reduce antipsychotic polypharmacy, including the ‘as required’ prescribing of a second antipsychotic agent to manage disturbed behaviour, which is the most common reason for the use of combination antipsychotic therapy.

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