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Intermittent medication for stable schizophrenic outpatients: an alternative to maintenance medication
Am J Psychiatry 1982;139:918-922.
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Because of neuroleptics' potential long-term side effects, the authors conducted a pilot study of an alternative to maintenance medication for stable schizophrenic outpatients. The doses of 19 patients were gradually reduced to zero over 8 weeks, and medication was then given only when a patient experienced early signs of relapse. The patients attended weekly group therapy and were closely monitored for prodromal signs, especially at times of stress; significant others helped observe patients. Five patients experienced increased symptoms during the drug washout period and were dropped from the study; of the remaining 14, 10 remained stable on the intermittent medication protocol.

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