Choosing an Antipsychotic MedicationMore than with medications for other medical conditions, there is wide variation in how individuals respond to different antipsychotic medications. Often, a "trial and error" approach must be used, trying different antipsychotics (or combinations of antipsychotics) until the best medication for an individual is found. What works best for one person is not always what works best for the next person.
Most healthcare providers who deal with psychotic disorders are familiar with the results of the CATIE trial, which is changing the way people think about treating schizophrenia, and are more than willing to discuss this important study with their patients.
Affording AntipsychoticsAntipsychotic medication can be expensive. Many people with severe psychotic disorders may not be able to work and may be considered disabled. As such, some people who need these medications receive public assistance through Medicaid or, more recently, through Medicare Part D. Private insurance almost always covers antipsychotic medications. Individual state programs may also offer financial assistance for those with mental illness.
Do not be afraid to tell your healthcare provider if you have trouble paying for your medication. He or she can help you find ways to afford your medication, including public assistance programs or programs through pharmaceutical companies.