People taking antipsychotic drugs must be cautious as they are at an increased risk of heart attacks, warns a new study.
The review of nine observational studies expands previous knowledge by demonstrating an increased and more pronounced risk in short-term users of these medications.
After reviewing data from the studies, researchers found that antipsychotic drug users were nearly twice as likely to experience a heart attack than non-users. Patients with schizophrenia and those who took the drugs for less than 30 days had even higher risks.
‘Antipsychotics prescribed for treating schizophrenia may increase the risk of heart attack.
"Our findings provide important information about the safety of antipsychotic drugs," said Dr. Bing Ruan, senior author of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
study. "Clinicians should prescribe them only for patients with a clear need."