Use of clozapine to treat levodopa-induced psychosis in Parkinson's disease: retrospective review.J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 1997 Apr; 10(2):63-6.JG
Levodopa-induced psychosis can complicate the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). In this retrospective, uncontrolled report, we describe our experience treating PD-related psychosis with clozapine, emphasizing those patients treated for longer than 1 year. Twenty-seven patients were treated, 14 for longer than 1 year. Most patients showed a rapid improvement from baseline within 1 month using the Clinical Global Impression and Global Psychosis Rating Scores. Five patients discontinued the drug due to side effects, but only two patients reported side effects after 6 months of treatment. Clozapine appears to be effective in treating PD related psychotic symptoms while not interfering with motor function.