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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 43 (2001) 11, 787 - 791

Short report

Antipsychotic drugs, qt-prolongation and the risk of cardiac arrhythmias: implications for clinical practice

J.B. Zoeteman, P.D. Meesters, A.A.M. Wilde

Antipsychotic drug induced qt-prolongation on the ecg and the related risk of cardiac arrhythmias have received renewed interest. Research shows that a number of antipsychotic drugs may cause qt-prolongation. For patients on high dosages of antipsychotic drugs, or with other risk factors for qt-prolongation, it is recommended to make an ecg before starting medication and to repeat this after drug adjustment.

keywords antipsychotic drugs, cardiac arrhythmia, electrocardiogram, qt-prolongation