European neuropsychopharmacology : the journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology vol:12 issue:4 pages:305-10
The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) anxiety/depression subscore has been used to assess affective symptoms in three studies (n = 612) comparing amisulpride (400-800 mg/day, n = 339) with haloperidol (15-20 mg/day, n = 160) and risperidone (8 mg/day, n = 113) in the treatment of acute exacerbations of schizophrenia. At endpoint, the mean improvement in the anxiety/depression subscore showed a significant (P = 0.011) difference in favour of amisulpride (5.6+/-6.1) compared with haloperidol (4.4+/-5.5) and risperidone (3.7+/-4.7). Amisulpride provided a significantly greater improvement compared both to haloperidol and risperidone in more severely depressed patients (BPRS anxiety/depression subscore > or = 16 at baseline, P = 0.001). This significant advantage in favour of amisulpride is seen from the 2nd week of treatment.