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NEW YORK — Women with schizophrenia had a significant response to treatment with adjunctive raloxifene vs antipsychotic medications, according to research presented at the 2018 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Researchers examined the efficacy of adjunctive raloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, on symptom severity in schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The meta-analysis assessed Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) scores from randomized controlled trials published between January 1990 and October 2016. In total, the meta-analysis included 133 participants across 3 studies.

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Study investigators found that vs antipsychotic medications alone, adjunctive raloxifene showed improvement in positive, negative, and total PANSS scores (standard mean differences: 1.222 [95% CI, 0.869-1.574], 0.992 [95% CI, 0.651-0.1334], and 1.194 [95% CI, 0.844-1.545], respectively; P =.000 for all).

“Total and all PANSS sub-scores showed a significant response to treatment with adjunctive raloxifene when compared to antipsychotics alone in women with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder,” the researchers concluded. “These findings are promising as negative symptoms pose a significant treatment challenge.”

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Steere R, Hodzic V, Naaum AH. Effects of adjunctive raloxifene on symptom severity in women with schizophrenia: a meta-analysis. Presented at: 2018 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting; New York, NY; May 5-9. Abstract 30.