Increased tardive dyskinesia in alcohol-abusing schizophrenic patients

Lisa Dixon, Peter J. Weiden, Gretchen Haas, John Sweeney, Allen J. Frances

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Many schizophrenics have a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence. We evaluated whether drug or alcohol abuse is an independent risk factor for tardive dyskinesia (TD) in schizophrenia. In a consecutive admission, clinical study of 75 hospitalized schizophrenics, drug or alcohol abusers had significantly higher TD scores than nonabusers. The association of alcohol abuse or dependence with TD seemed independent from other risk factors for TD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-122
Number of pages2
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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