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Table 2 Percentage distribution of GPs' (N = 100) and lay people's opinions (N = 398) as to how long the side effects of antipsychotic drugs should be tolerated

From: Attitudes to antipsychotic drugs and their side effects: a comparison between general practitioners and the general population

  General Practitioners lay persons P
  No tolerance 2–3 weeks Long-term No tolerance 2–3 weeks Long-term  
Unpleasant dry mouth 2 15.2 82.8 18.3 49.5 32.2 ***
Heavy sweating 3 38.4 58.6 26.1 50.1 23.8 ***
Continuous tiredness 5.1 54.5 40.4 24.4 56.9 18.7 ***
Frequent sexual dysfunction 4.1 52.6 43.3 27.1 51 21.9 ***
Continuous feeling of unrest 43.4 45.5 11.1 53.5 38.3 8.2 n.s.
Significant weight gain 9.3 41.2 49.5 35.9 46.4 17.7 ***
Visible movement disorder 48.5 40.4 11.1 62.8 27.8 9.4 *
Continuous anhedonia 24.5 60.2 15.3 33.9 55.4 10.7 *
Risk of drug dependency 22.7 9.1 68.2 55.2 30.1 14.7 ***
Marked tremor 33.7 54.1 12.2 58.9 33.7 7.4 ***
  1. *** = p < 0.001 * = p < 0.05 approximate significance level