A benzisothiazole derivative and antipsychotic agent, perospirone, for augmentation of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Two patient case series

Hisato Matsunaga, Tokuzo Matsui, Kenzo Ohya, Kenya Okino, Kazuhisa Hayashida, Kensei Maebayashi, Nobuo Kiriike, Dan Stein

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Abstract

Even though selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the mainstay of pharamacological treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as many as 40% of patients do not have an adequate response to these medications. For such SSRI-refractory patients, the augmentation of SSRIs with new-generation antipsychotics that modulate both 5-HT and DA systems has recently been proven effective in controlled augmentation studies. The benzisothiazole derivative perospirone is a new serotonin 5-HT2 and dopamine D2 antagonist available in Japan for the treatment of schizophrenia. As its unique property, perospirone also exhibits 5-HT1A agonistic action. We present two SSRI-refractory OCD patients who showed little improvement with adequate trials of SSRI monotherapy, but exhibited significant improvement in their OCD symptoms after the addition of perospirone to ongoing SSRI treatment. The cases suggest that perospirone augmentation may be an effective and well-tolerated strategy for SSRI-refractory OCD patients. Controlled studies are required to further confirm the efficacy and tolerability of perospirone augmentation for treatment-resistant OCD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-145
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Augmentation therapy
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Perospirone
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

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