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Influence of tiapride on platelet counts in healthy volunteers and patients with movement disorders.

BACKGROUND: The selective D2 antagonist tiapride is administered in various movement disorders. Furthermore, there are indications that tiapride increases platelet counts. AIM: To characterize tiapride's potential to increase platelet counts in healthy subjects and patients with movement disorders. METHODS: In Part A, 10 healthy volunteers received tiapride (300 mg/day) for 21 days in a longitudinal, prospective, open trial. One hundred healthy subjects served as controls. Part B was a retrospective analysis of 15 patients with movement disorders on tiapride [Huntington's disease (n=6), Morbus Little (n=3), hyperkinetic syndromes of undetermined etiology (n=3), blepharospasm (n=1), cervical dystonia (n=1), perioral dyskinesia (n=1)] and 15 age- and sex-matched controls. RESULTS: Part A: Although serum prolactin levels increased by 526+/-14%, confirming good drug compliance, tiapride elicited only minor changes in platelet counts. Part B: Platelet counts correlated positively with the dose of tiapride (100-800 mg/day; r=.67; P=.007). Platelet counts were significantly higher in patients on tiapride compared to healthy age-matched controls (P<.001). Four patients responded to an increase in the tiapride dosage with an increase in platelet count by 97-173 cells/nl. CONCLUSION: Three weeks of treatment with tiapride (300 mg/day) is insufficient to elevate platelet counts to a clinically relevant extent in young healthy volunteers. However, in elderly patients with movement disorders tiapride treatment is associated with markedly increased platelet counts.[1]


  1. Influence of tiapride on platelet counts in healthy volunteers and patients with movement disorders. Kotzailias, N., Finsterer, J., Aull, S., Eichler, H.G., Pratscher, B., Jilma, B. Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol. Biol. Psychiatry (2003) [Pubmed]
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