T van Putten

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Extrapyramidal symptoms cause much misery, often go undiagnosed, and can interfere with treatment and rehabilitation. Akinesia is a behavioral state of diminished motoric and psychic spontaneity that is difficult to distinguish from the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The most useful clinical correlates of akinesia are a subjective sense of sedation and(More)
Forty-two newly admitted patients with a schizophrenic illness were given a test dose of chlorpromazine, and their subjective response was graded on a euphoric-dysphoric continuum. Subjective response at 4, 24, and 48 hours after the test dose was significantly correlated with the subsequent outcome of a therapeutic course of treatment with chlorpromazine,(More)
Eighty newly admitted or readmitted men with DSM-III schizophrenia were assigned to receive 5, 10, or 20 mg/d of haloperidol for 4 weeks. Staff were not "blind" to dose. By Clinical Global Impression Scale ratings, the 20-mg dose appeared to be superior to both the 5- and 10-mg doses for the first 2 weeks of treatment but not thereafter. On the Brief(More)
The subjective response to antipsychotic medication was systematically evaluated in two samples of schizophrenic patients, one treated with haloperidol, the other with thiothixene. For both groups, a dysphoric response to the first dose was found to be a powerful predictor of noncompliance. A persisting dysphoric response was associated with a poor clinical(More)
Newly admitted schizophrenic patients (N=48) were given a test does of 2.2 mg/kg of chlorpromazine hydrochloride by mouth. Chlorpromazine was measured in plasma and saliva at 1, 2, 3 (saliva only), 4, 6, 8, 12 (saliva only), and 24 hours by gas chromatography-mass spectography. Subjective response at 4 and 24 hours after test dose was not significantly(More)
There is enormous variation in plasma levels of most neuroleptics in patients on the same dose. Much of the past research on the relation between plasma levels of antipsychotic drugs and clinical change, however, has been difficult to interpret. It does appear that decreased bioavailability, at least in public institutions, is rarely the cause of treatment(More)