Tardive dyskinesia predicts prolactin response to buspirone challenge in people with schizophrenia.
ABSTRACT Prolactin response to buspirone was evaluated in patients with schizophrenia, with and without tardive dyskinesia (TD). Prolactin response in patients with schizophrenia without TD was significantly decreased, compared to healthy comparison subjects (F = 6.36, df = 5, p < 0.0001). Furthermore, prolactin levels after administration of buspirone were not significantly increased from baseline. In contrast, there was no prolactin response difference between patients with schizophrenia and TD and healthy subjects. This finding suggests that decreased dopamine (D(2)) receptor sensitivity may result in lower risk of developing TD and may lead to a fuller understanding of the variable expression of D(2)-receptor mediated side effects.
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ABSTRACT: Secretion of the anterior pituitary hormone prolactin can be significantly increased by antipsychotic drugs, leading to a range of adverse effects in patients with schizophrenia. However, there is evidence from a variety of studies that prolactin may also be related to symptom profile and treatment response in these patients, and recent work has identified variations in prolactin secretion even in drug-free patients. In this paper, a selective review of all relevant studies pertaining to prolactin and schizophrenia, including challenge and provocation studies, is presented. The implications of this work are discussed critically. A tentative model, which synthesizes these findings and argues for a significant role for prolactin in the development of schizophrenia, is outlined.Schizophrenia research and treatment. 01/2014; 2014:175360.
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ABSTRACT: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) may occur in never-medicated patients with psychotic illness, indicating the existence of non-medication, possibly disease-related, causes. We tested the hypothesis that, independent of the antipsychotic-induced rise in prolactin, the incidence of TD would be associated with the incidence of prolactin-related sexual disturbances (PRSD), which would be suggestive of a common pathology involving multiple dopamine tracts. Simple, global measures of TD and PRSD (loss of libido, amenorrhea, gynaecomastia, impotence, and galactorrhea) were rated in a prospective, observational European Health Outcomes Study (SOHO). New onset of TD and new onset of PRSD at 3, 6, and 12 months was analyzed in a risk set of 4263 patients using a Cox proportional hazard model yielding adjusted hazard ratios (aHR). Incidence of TD was significantly and linearly comorbid with the incidence of PRSD in both men and women. Compared to those with no PRSD, the risk for TD was 2.0 (95% CI: 1.1, 3.7) with one PRSD, 2.4 (95% CI: 1.3, 4.5) with two PRSD, and 3.6 (95% CI: 1.1, 11.8) with three PRSD. Associations were stronger in those who only had received prolactin-sparing medications (aHR per unit PRSD increase=2.0, 95% CI: 1.2, 3.3) than in those who only had received prolactin-raising medications (aHR=1.3, 95% CI: 0.9, 1.9). In people with schizophrenia, TD and PRSD show comorbidities that are independent of antipsychotic-induced alterations in plasma prolactin. This may suggest a shared, pandopaminergic pathological mechanism associated with schizophrenia itself, rather than only a medication effect.Neuropsychopharmacology 09/2006; 31(8):1832-7. · 7.83 Impact Factor