Prescription of antipsychotic and concomitant medications for adult Asian schizophrenia patients: Findings of the 2016 Research on Asian Psychotropic Prescription Patterns (REAP) survey

Min Dong, Liang Nan Zeng, Qinge Zhang, Shu Yu Yang, Lian Yu Chen, Eunice Najoan, Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, Kittisak Viboonma, Ruzita Jamaluddin, Afzal Javed, Duong Thi Quynh Hoa, Hitoshi Iida, Kang Sim, Thiha Swe, Yan Ling He, Yongchon Park, Helal Uddin Ahmed, Angelo De Alwis, Helen F.K. Chiu, Norman SartoriusChay Hoon Tan, Mian Yoon Chong, Naotaka Shinfuku, Shih Ku Lin, Ajit Avasthi, Sandeep Grover, Chee H. Ng, Gabor S. Ungvari, Yu Tao Xiang

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Abstract

Objective: Regular surveys are important to monitor the use of psychotropic medications in clinical practice. This study examined the psychotropic prescription patterns in adult Asian schizophrenia patients based on the data of the Research on Asian Psychotropic Prescription (REAP) 2016 survey. Methods: : This cross-sectional survey across 15 Asian countries/territories collected socio-demographic and clinical data with standardized procedures between March and May 2016. The socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the patients were recorded with a standardized questionnaire. Results: Altogether 3,537 adult patients with schizophrenia were consecutively screened and enrolled in the survey. The mean age was 38.66 ± 11.55 years and 59.7% of the sample were male. The mean dose of antipsychotics in chlorpromazine equivalents (CPZeq) was 424 ± 376 mg/day; 31.3% and 80.8% received first- and second- generation antipsychotics, respectively and 42.6% had antipsychotic polypharmacy, 11.7% had antidepressants, 13.7% had mood stabilizers, 27.8% had benzodiazepines, and 45.6% had anticholinergics. Conclusions: Psychotropic prescription patterns in Asian adult patients with schizophrenia varied across countries. Regular surveys on psychotropic medications for schizophrenia are important to monitor pharmacotherapy practice in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

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