Treatments for dual diagnosis

What is dual diagnosis?

Many treatments have been targeted to improving symptom severity for people suffering schizophrenia in combination with substance use problems. Studies of dual diagnosis often investigate the effectiveness or availability of treatments for improving outcomes relating to either diagnosis, for example symptom severity, social function, quality of life, substance use, or cognitive outcomes.

What is the evidence for pharmaceutical treatments for dual diagnosis?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests olanzapine may be effective for reducing cocaine use in people with schizophrenia. Low quality evidence is unable to determine the benefits of risperidone for cannabis use, risperidone, haloperidol, chlorpromazine, aripiprazole, or mazindol for cocaine use, and lamotrigine, antidepressants, anti-craving agents, or disulfiram for substance-dependence.

March 2019

Last updated at: 3:36 am, 1st April 2019
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