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Aripiprazole and evidence of efficacy

Posted by PhillipaHay on 16 May 2011 at 23:53 GMT

This is an important study and highlights the gap often found between evidence and practice. However, it must be emphasised to patients treated with aripiprazole that you should not cease your medication but you are encouraged to discuss this paper with your doctor.
The study does not mean aripiprazole will not work for you, but it does not have the same good evidence behind it as other treatment options have. Some treatments e.g. penicillan, really were major breakthroughs but most new medications are not like penicillan.
The take home message I think is that new drugs should be properly evaluated and compared directly with long-standing well researched alternatives before being recommended for widespread use.

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