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Antipsychotics 'double risk of sudden death'

Users of antipsychotic drugs are at twice the risk of sudden death, according to US researchers.

The analysis, of 44,218 patients on a single typical antipsychotic and 46,089 users of a single atypical compared their risk to 186,600 matched controls.

Patients on typical or atypical antipsychotics drugs had an adjusted incidence-rate rate of 1.99 and 2.26, respectively, compared with non-users of antipsychotic drugs.

N Engl J Med 2009;360:225-35

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