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Saturday 01 March 2003

A case series of ziprasidone overdoses.

By: Bryant SM, Zilberstein J, Cumpston KL, Magdziarz DD, Costerisan DD.

Vet Hum Toxicol 2003 Mar;45(2):81-2

In recent years, prescriptions for atypical antipsychotic medications have surpassed traditional antipsychotic agents because of improved treatment of the negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia and a relatively safer side effect profile. The relatively new atypical antipsychotic agent ziprasidone has become a popular treatment for schizophrenia, and like other psychiatric medications has potential for misuse. This series reports 3 cases of ziprasidone overdose. Diligence in cardiac monitoring and obtaining a history of possible co-ingestion are vital in the management of these patients.

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