Year: 2003 Source: Swiss Medical Weekly, v.133, no.5-6, (8 February 2003), p.63-76 SIEC No: 20030895

This review provides an overview of the pharmacological & clinical characteristics of atypical antipsychotics. In particular the authors discuss their efficacy in treating psychotic & negative symptoms as well as treatment-refractory patients. Affective symptoms & suicidality are specifically explored. Important side effects & possible interactions are reviewed in detail & recommendations for clinical use are given. (168 refs)