REVIEW – August 2021

An overview of venous thrombosis risks in hospitalized patients with a psychiatric diagnosis and prevention recommendations

Authors: Uku Kruusamägi

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Abstract

Antipsychotics are associated with an increased risk of venous thrombosis, which should be taken into consideration while prescribing drugs to them. The risk is the highest during the first three months after antipsychotic drug initation, with low-potency and second generation drugs. The risk for venous thrombembolism in inpatients receiving antipsychotics should be evaluated and, if necessary, appropriate thromboprophylaxis should be started. Patients requiring fixation require additional attention.