Antipsychotic Drugs Are No Better Than a Placebo
September 03, 2011
Researchers have found that antipsychotic drugs which are widely prescribed to treat severe post-traumatic stress symptoms for veterans are no more effective than placebos. In addition, the drugs come with serious side effects.
The finding is such a serious blow to current treatment standards so directly that some experts say it could change treatment practices in the near future. Although the study focused on one medication, Risperdal, the results most likely extend to an entire class of drugs, including Seroquel, Geodon and Abilify.
According to the New York Times:
"The use of such drugs has grown sharply over the past decade, as thousands of returning soldiers and Marines have found that their post-traumatic stress symptoms do not respond to antidepressants, the only drugs backed by scientific evidence for the disorder. Doctors have turned to antipsychotics, which strongly affect mood, to augment treatment, based almost entirely on their experience with them and how they expect them to work."