Both typical and atypical antipsychotic agents were associated with increased risk for sudden cardiac death

Marder, Steven; Ray, W. A.
August 2009
ACP Journal Club;8/18/2009, Vol. 151 Issue 2, p10
Academic Journal
The article reports that both typical and atypical antipsychotic drugs are associated with increased risk for sudden cardiac death. The newer atypical antipsychotic medications, as a group, are associated with risk for sudden cardiac death similar to that of older typical drugs. The comparative risk among these agents, which is dose-related, appears to be linked to their likelihood of prolonging the QT interval on electrocardiography.


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