Flashcards in 28 Antipsychotics Deck (49):
Disturbances of perception, impaired cognitive function
What percent of the population is affected by schizophrenia?
What is the general age range of onset?
Is it progressive?
Affects 1% (~0.7) of world population - independent of culture, politics, and geography
Early onset - adolescence or young adulthood
Life-long progressive illness
Females are affected by schizophrenia more than males
Males > Females
What is a possible cause of developing schizophrenia? What factors can reveal it?
Can develop due to prenatal viral infections in the brain of developing fetus
can be revealed due to environmental stress and changes in lifestyle
What are the comorbidities of schizophrenia?
Depression and smoking
What is the label for the presence of inappropriate behaviors in schizophrenia?
List a few of these symptoms:
Positive symptoms of schizophrenia
-marked disorganized thinking with loosely connected thoughts (hallucinations)
-false ideas/beliefs (delusions)
-confusion and suicidal thoughts
What are these behaviors called in the context of schizophrenia?
-loss of normal function
-reduced speech and thought
-loss of energy and inability to experience mental or physical pleasure
Negative symptoms of schizophrenia
What is the biochemical abnormality in schizophrenia?
Hint: receptor change?
Increased number of dopamine receptors
What are the structural abnormalities in schizophrenia?
Hint: 3 gross changes to the brain?
Enlarged cerebral ventricles
atrophy of cortical layers
reduced volume of the basal ganglia
What are the functional abnormalities in schizophrenia?
Hint: changes in blood flow and metabolism?
Reduced cerebral blood flow
reduced glucose utilization in prefrontal cortex
What are the genetic abnormalities in schizophrenia?
Involvement of multiple genes
What are the therapeutic goals of antipsychotic drugs?
Prevent self-inflicted harm or harm to others
Provide the patient's basic needs
Improve quality of life
Do schizophrenia drugs cure the disease, eliminate the fundamental thought disorder, or treat the symptoms?
Treat the symptoms
What is the major reason for therapeutic failure of antipsychotic drugs?
What other uses are there for antipsychotic drugs besides for schizophrenia?
also used for treatment of other psychoses, agitate states, and drug-induced psychoses (from amphetamine & cocaine)
What are chlopromazine & fluphenazine derivatives of?
What is the thioxanthene derivative?
What is haloperidol a derivative of?
What are the other names for typical antipsychotics?
1st generation antipsychotics
What is the receptor selectivity for typical antipsychotics? Agonist/antagonist?
Relatively selective DA antagonists
More selective for D2 vs D1
What is the receptor selectivity for atypical antipsychotics? Agonist/antagonist?
Selective antagonists for serotonin and DA receptors
What is another name for atypical antipsychotics?
2nd generation antipsychotics
What is another name for dopamine partial agonists?
3rd generation antipsychotics
1) Are dopamine partial agonists competitive? Non? Selectivity?
2) Is there other receptor selectivity? Agonist/antagonist?
1) Competitive partial DA agonists (more selective for D2)
2) Antagonize serortonin receptors
What is the DA hypothesis for schizophrenia?
Symptoms are in part due to increase in the activity of dopaminergic neurons
What is the evidence for the DA hypothesis for schizophrenia?
-Correlation between therapeutic potency and their binding affinity as antagonist for DA receptors (D2>>>D1)
-Drugs that enhance DA transmission can induce/enhance schizophrenia symptoms
-D2 receptors are increased in the brains of schizophrenics
Which DA pathways have increased activity in schizophrenia?
Dorsal mesostriatal (nigrostriatal)
Ventral mesostriatal (mesolimbic)
Ventral mesostriatal (mesolimbic)
Typical antipsychotics lead to an increase in cAMP in the presynaptic terminal
False - increased cAMPT in the postsynaptic membrane
Typical antipsychotics antagonize mainly the D2 receptors, which are located on the postsynaptic membrane. These receptors would normally decrease cAMP, so inhibition would increase it.
What are the intracellular steps of signaling starting with DA binding to the D2 receptor in schizophrenia?
1-activation of postsynaptic D2 receptors
2-inhibit adenylate cyclase
3-decrease PKA activity
4-decrease NMDAR-mediated glutamatergic transmission and LTP (transmission strength)
What is the time to onset of action of typical antipsychotics?
Which P450 enzymes metabolize typical antipsychotics to inactive metabolites?
What are the typical antipsychotics that are:
slow release formula
given by deep gluteal IM injections
used for patients non-compliant with oral medications
fluphenazine decanoate & haloperidol decanoate
Is there any tolerance or physical dependence seen in typical antipsychotics?
Some tolerance due to prolonged administration at higher doses
Little physical dependence
Which typical antipsychotic affects M, alpha-adren, and H1 receptors as well as D2?
Which receptor block leads to antiemetic effects of low potency antipsychotics?
H1 (histamine) receptor blockade
What is neuroleptic malignant syndrome?
What are the signs/symptoms?
Instability and collapse of the autonomic NS
-excessive sweating and salivation
-unstable BP and cardiovascular instability
fever, muscle stiffness, delirium, stupor
Patients with what other disease can present with neuroleptic malignant syndrome?
Parkinson's disease patients who stop/reduce the dose of dopaminergics
What is the cause of neuroleptic malignant syndrome?
Caused by a sudden, marked decrease in DA activity (either strong blockade of DA receptors or withdrawal of DA agents)
-prolonged use of high-potency neuroleptics
-rapid increase in neuroleptic dosage
Treatments for neuroleptic malignant syndrome?
stop neuroleptics and treat hyperthermia aggressively
supportive care in ICU with circulatory and ventilator support
bromocriptine (DA agonist)
dantrolene (to reduce muscle rigidity)
What are tardive dyskinesias?
Involuntary oral-facial movements
irreversible or slowly reversible
What is the issue of prescribing an antipsychotic (mostly typical) to someone with Parkinson's disease?
L-DOPA is used to treat Parkinson's and typical antipsychotics are D2 antagonists that block the therapeutic effects of L-DOPA
What are the intracellular steps of neurotransmitter signaling starting with the release of 5-HT in schizophrenia?
-incr 5-HT release
-activation of postsynaptic 5-HT2A receptors
-activate phospholipase C
-activate PKC, CK1, & PP2B
-decr glutamatergic neurotransmission and LTP
Initially atypical psychotics were thought to have greater efficacy in reducing psychotic symptoms than typical antipsychotics. What did the NIMH-sponsored CATIE study show?
outperformed other typical antipsychotics due to superior efficacy and discontinuation rate
Which class has a higher likelihood of extrapyramidal symptoms and neuroleptic malignant syndrome?
Which class has an increased risk of weight gain and metabolic adverse events?
What drugs lead to an inhibition of CYP2D6 and CYP3A4?
SSRIs, macrolide antibiotics, and antifungals
What drugs/activities can lead to induction of CYP1A2 and CYP3A4?
Cigarette smoking (CYP1A2), barbs, and some anticonvulsives (CYP3A4)
The activities of which drugs are affected by inhibition of CYP2D6 and CYP3A4? How?
Decreased drug elimination of all atypical antipsychotics except paliperidone