Publications by authors named "Kristina Aanesen"

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Influence of different second generation antipsychotics on the QTc interval: A pragmatic study.

World J Psychiatry 2016 Dec 22;6(4):442-448. Epub 2016 Dec 22.

Roy E Olsen, Rune A Kroken, Sigmund Bjørhovde, Kristina Aanesen, Erik Johnsen, Division of Psychiatry, Haukeland University Hospital, 5021 Bergen, Norway.

Aim: To investigate whether differential influence on the QTc interval exists among four second generation antipsychotics (SGAs) in psychosis.

Methods: Data were drawn from a pragmatic, randomized head-to-head trial of the SGAs risperidone, olanzapine, quetiapine, and ziprasidone in acute admissions patients with psychosis, and with follow-up visits at discharge or maximally 6-9 wk, 3, 6, 12 and 24 mo. Electrocardiograms were recorded on all visits. To mimic clinical shared decision-making, the patients were randomized not to a single drug, but to a sequence of the SGAs under investigation. The first drug in the sequence defined the randomization group, but the patient and/or clinician could choose an SGA later in the sequence if prior negative experiences with the first one(s) in the sequence had occurred. The study focuses on the time of, and actual use of the SGAs under investigation, that is until treatment discontinuation or change, in order to capture the direct medication effects on the QTc interval. Secondary intention-to-treat (ITT) analyses were also performed.

Results: A total of 173 patients, with even distribution among the treatment groups, underwent ECG assessments. About 70% were males and 43% had never used antipsychotic drugs before the study. The mean antipsychotic doses in milligrams per day with standard deviations (SD) were 3.4 (1.2) for risperidone, 13.9 (4.6) for olanzapine, 325.9 (185.8) for quetiapine, and 97.2 (42.8) for ziprasidone treated groups. The time until discontinuation of the antipsychotic drug used did not differ in a statistically significant way among the groups (Log-Rank test: = 0.171). The maximum QTc interval recorded during follow-up was 462 ms. Based on linear mixed effects analyses, the QTc interval change per day with standard error was -0.0030 (0.0280) for risperidone; -0.0099 (0.0108) for olanzapine; -0.0027 (0.0170) for quetiapine, and -0.0081 (0.0229) for ziprasidone. There were no statistically significant differences among the groups in this regard. LME analyses based on ITT groups (the randomization groups), revealed almost identical slopes with -0.0063 (0.0160) for risperidone, -0.0130 (0.0126) for olanzapine, -0.0034 (0.0168) for quetiapine, and -0.0045 (0.0225) for ziprasidone.

Conclusion: None of the SGAs under investigation led to statistically significant QTc prolongation. No statistically significant differences among the SGAs were found.
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QTc Prolongation in Patients Acutely Admitted to Hospital for Psychosis and Treated with Second Generation Antipsychotics.

Schizophr Res Treatment 2013 31;2013:375020. Epub 2013 Dec 31.

Department of Clinical Medicine, Section Psychiatry, University of Bergen, Norway.

QTc interval prolongation is a side effect of several antipsychotic drugs, with associated risks of torsade de pointes arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. There is an ongoing debate of whether or not electrocardiogram (ECG) assessments should be mandatory in patients starting antipsychotic drugs. To investigate QTc prolongation in a clinically relevant patient group 171 adult patients acutely admitted to an emergency ward for psychosis were consecutively recruited. ECGs were recorded at baseline and then at discharge or after 6 weeks at the latest (discharge/6 weeks), thus reflecting the acute phase treatment period. The mean QTc interval was 421.1 (30.4) ms at baseline and there was a positive association between the QTc interval and the agitation score whereas the QTc interval was inversely associated with the serum calcium level. A total of 11.6% had abnormally prolonged QTc intervals and another 14.3% had borderline prolongation. At discharge/6 weeks, the corresponding proportions were reduced to 4.2% and 5.3%, respectively. The reduction of the proportion with prolonged QTc intervals reached statistical significance (chi-square exact test: P = 0.046). The finding of about one-quarter of the patients with borderline or prolonged QTc intervals could indicate mandatory ECG recordings in this population. This trial is registered with ID: NCT00932529.
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February 2014