• Monthly Archives: February 2012

    Raloxifene as Adjunctive Treatment for Postmenopausal Women with Schizophrenia

    A few years ago on our blog, we reviewed a paper suggesting that estrogen may be a beneficial treatment for women with schizophrenia.  In this study patients with schizophrenia receiving estrogen showed significant improvement in their positive symptoms (hallucinations, delusions), but no difference in negative symptoms (reduction in range of emotional expression, poverty of speech, lack of motivation).1, 2   Additional studies have also found estrogen to be effective in improving positive and general symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. 3, 4

    The National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics: Looking Ahead to 2012

    We want to thank those of you who have continued to subscribe to our blog and who have visited our website. Some have written noting particular interest in the research conducted at the MGH Center for Women's Mental Health, including the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics.

    Topiramate (Topamax) Associated with an Increased Risk of Oral Clefts

    Topiramate (marketed as a Topamax), in addition to its use for the treatment of epilepsy, is now being prescribed to reproductive aged women for a broad spectrum of indications, including migraine headaches, weight control, and mood stabilization.  Limited information is available on its reproductive safety; however, the preliminary data we do have raises some concerns regarding the use of topiramate in pregnancy.

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