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Aripiprazole-associated tic in a schizophrenia patient

Authors Guo X, Lu D, Jiang Y

Received 25 December 2014

Accepted for publication 16 February 2015

Published 30 March 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 873—874


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Wai Kwong Tang

Xieli Guo,1,2,* Dali Lu,3,* Yugang Jiang1

1Department of Neurosurgery, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Neurosurgery, Jinjiang Hospital of Quanzhou Medical College, Jinjiang, Fujian, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Psychiatry, Xiamen Xianyue Hospital, Xiamen, Fujian, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Tic disorder, characterized by the presence of both motor and vocal tics is common in adolescents and adults. Antipsychotics including typical antipsychotics and atypical antipsychotics are generally recognized by experts as the most effective pharmacological treatment for tics. However, previous studies suggest that tic-like symptoms might manifest during treatment with atypical antipsychotics such as clo­zapine, quetiapine, but not aripiprazole. We present the first case, to our knowledge, of an adult schizophrenia patient who developed tics during treatment with aripiprazole.

Keywords: aripiprazole, antipsychotics, tic, schizophrenia, side effect

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