People diagnosed with psychosis on too much medication

More than a third of people diagnosed with psychosis are being given excessive levels of antipsychotic medication.

This could be because medication is not being reduced following a mental health crisis during which antipsychotic drugs are often increased, a Healthcare Commission report stated.

The commission’s report quoted an audit by the Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health which found 36% of people were prescribed a high dose (more than 100% of the maximum recommended daily dose) of antipsychotic medicines.

The commission, which monitors healthcare services, made a number of recommendation to NHS trusts on how to improve medication prescribing for people with mental health problems.

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