Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 34, Issue 8, pp 372–376 | Cite as

Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of venous thromboembolism

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Drug Reactions and Interactions


A wide range of observational studies have demonstrated an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. Although current data cannot conclusively verify differences in VTE occurrence rates between individual antipsychotic drugs or different generations thereof, information is sufficient to warrant an increased awareness of this potentially serious adverse drug reaction, as well as consideration of prophylactic antithrombotic therapy in at-risk patients.


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The article was adapted from CNS Drugs 2018;32(1):47–64 [4] by employees of Adis/Springer, who are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.


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