Antipsychotic drugs elevate prolactin levels; the elevation persists during chronic administration. Tissue culture experiments indicate that approximately one-third of human breast cancers are prolactin dependent in vitro , a factor of potential importance if the prescription of these drugs is contemplated in a patient with a previously detected breast cancer. Although disturbances such as galactorrhea , amenorrhea , gynecomastia , and impotence have been reported, the clinical significance of elevated serum prolactin levels is unknown for most patients. An increase in mammary neoplasms has been found in rodents after chronic administration of antipsychotic drugs. Neither clinical studies nor epidemiologic studies conducted to date, however, have shown an association between chronic administration of these drugs and mammary tumorigenesis; the available evidence is considered too limited to be conclusive at this time.
NAMI has recently started endorsing the Partnership
for Prescription Assistance , a new program that seeks to boost
enrollment in existing Patient Assistance Programs by helping consumers
identify and apply for programs for which they may be eligible. This
may be a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with Assistance
Programs that might work for you - however, we don't yet know how
successful the Partnership is at enrolling people in good programs,
or how much they may charge for their service. If anyone has experiences
to share about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (good or
bad), please email the administration at: szwebmaster@.
Visit their website ( http:// ) or call 1-888-477-2669 if you are interested.
Free information sites about PAPs - include databases searchable by state, medication, or company name
Acute psychosis, although not recognized as a diagnostic term in DSM-5 is commonly used to describe a rapid deterioration of behavior associated with hallucinations and delusions. Schizophreniform disorder, brief psychotic disorder, and organic psychoses fall under this rubric. The DSM-5 diagnosis of schizophreniform disorder depends on the persistence of schizophrenia-like symptoms for at least 1 month and exclusion of other causes of acute psychosis. Brief psychotic disorder (often referred to as brief reactive psychosis) lasts less than 1 month, but more than 1 day. It is typically regarded as a reaction to marked stress in persons with borderline or antisocial personality disorders.