Cocaine as a risk factor for acute dystonic reactions

Angela M. Hegarty, Richard B. Lipton, Arnold E. Merriam, Katherine Freeman

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We conducted a retrospective study of 116 hospitalized psychiatric patients treated with neuroleptic drugs. Nineteen of 45 cocaine users (42%) and 10 of 71 nonusers (14%) developed dystonic reactions during their hospitalizations. Based on this statistically significant finding, we suggest that cocaine use is a major risk factor for acute dystonic reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1670-1672
Number of pages3
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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