Improvement in cognitive functioning in patients with first-episode psychosis during treatment with quetiapine: An interim analysis Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BackgroundThe efficacies of second-generation antipsychotic medications in reducing symptoms are reasonably well-documented, but their effects on cognition are less clearly understood.AimsTo undertake an interim analysis of an open label, 2-year study examining the effects of quetiapine on cognition in patients with a first episode of schizophrenia and related disorders.MethodCognitive testing was performed before quetiapine was initiated and repeated after 3, 6 and 12 months of treatment. To date, 13 patients have been fully assessed (mean dose 517.9 mg/day; s.d.=225.8).ResultsStatistically significant improvement was noted on measures of attention (Continuous Performance Test; CPT), verbal productivity (Verbal Fluency Test) and executive function (Object Alternation Test) after 6 and 12 months of treatment. For the CPT, improvement was also noted after 3 months of treatment.ConclusionsDuring treatment for 1 year with quetiapine, cognitive performance was improved in young patients with psychosis. Continued controlled investigations of the effects of quetiapine on cognition are desirable.

authors

  • Good, Kimberley P
  • Kiss, Ivan
  • Buiteman, Christine
  • Woodley, Hazel
  • Rui, Qing
  • Whitehorn, David
  • Kopala, Lili

publication date

  • September 2002