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Psychiatric Briefs

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2000;2:107-110

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Background: The interictal “schizophrenia-like” psychoses of epilepsy conventionally are treated with antipsychotic medication with uncertain results. In patients with these psychoses, a preceding and concomitant dysphoric disorder usually can be documented. Effectiveness of the pharmacologic treatment by the combination of drugs that is effective for severe interictal dysphoric disorders is demonstrated in a series of patients with interictal psychosis. Method: Patients were treated with the combination of a tricyclic antidepressant and a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, enhanced if necessary by a small amount of the atypical neuroleptic risperidone.​