An-Najah National University

Publications of Waleed M. Sweileh,

Research Interests: 1.Clinical Renal Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2.Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy 3.Pharmacoepidemiology

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
  • Typical and Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Utilization in a Psychiatric Clinic ‎in Palestine
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    Typical and Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Utilization in a Psychiatric Clinic

    in Palestine

    Waleed Sweileh, Nidal Jaradat, Abed Alsalam Al-Khayyat

    College of Pharmacy, An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine.

    E-mail:[email protected], [email protected]

    Received: (13/9/2003), Accepted: (2/3/2004)


    Pattern of atypical and typical antipsychotic medications among one hundred and

    twenty four patients receiving these medications was investigated and analyzed. Males

    constitute approximately 61% of the sample. More than half of the patients in the

    sample were less than 50 years old. Most the patients prescribed antipsychotic

    medications were having schizophrenia (61%). Analysis of the prescribed

    antipsychotics for the patients showed that approximately 99% of the patients were

    receiving conventional typical antipsychotic medications either as single (70.2%) or

    combination (17.7%) or in depot form (10.4%). Less than 2% of the patients were

    receiving atypical antipsychotic medications. Among those prescribed conventional

    typical antipsychotic drugs, only (56%) were co-prescribed anticholinergic drugs. The

    underutilization of atypical antipsychotics and the underutilization of anticholinergics

    to be co-prescribed with conventional antipsychotics require further evaluation and

    investigation at the national Palestinian level.



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