Wednesday, 28 October 2015
ON THE CARCINOGENICITY OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS
AN INVESTIGATION REPORTED IN AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY
Overall, new generation (atypical) antipsychotics (90%, 9/10 agents) and anticonvulsants (85.7%, 6/7 agents) showed the highest evidence of carcinogenicity among psychotropic drugs classes assessed. Antidepressants (63.6%, 7/11) and benzodiazepines/sedative-hypnotics (70%, 7/10) were next, and stimulants (with the exception of methylphenidate) were last (25%, 1/4 agents). Overall, 71.4% of all drugs examined (30/42) showed evidence of carcinogenicity in 43.2% (38/88) of specific experimental studies.