The beneficial effect of sulpiride augmentation of clozapine therapy for treatment-resistant schizophrenia patients is enhanced by its antisalivatory effect on clozapine-induced hypersalivation (CIH). Amisulpride, similar to sulpiride, is a substitute benzamide derivative with higher selective binding to the D2/D3 dopamine receptor. We hypothesized that add-on amisulpride would also be beneficial in controlling CIH. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over study, 20 clozapine-treated schizophrenia (DSM-IV criteria) inpatients with CIH were randomly initially assigned to add-on amisulpride (nine patients; 400 mg/day up-titrated from 100 mg/day over 1 week) or placebo (11 patients). Primary outcome was change in the five-point Nocturnal Hypersalivation Rating Scale (NHRS). Other measures included the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), Clinical Global Impression scale (CGI) and Simpson-Angus Scale (SAS). Mean NHRS indices were considerably lower with amisulpride (1.79 ± 1.25) than with placebo (2.63 ± 1.33) [F(1,38) = 5.36, P< 0.05]. With amisulpride treatment, there was a significant improvement on the negative symptoms subscale of the PANSS [F(3,57) = 3.76, P < 0.05], but not on the SAS, CGI or other subscales of the PANSS (all F < 1). Short-term amisulpride augmentation has a strong ameliorating effect on CIH. A long-term, large-scale study with a broader dose range is warranted to evaluate the stability of this effect across time.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Clinical Psychopharmacology|
|State||Published - Mar 2006|
- Treatment-resistant schizophrenia