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Choosing an Atypical Antipsychotic Medication

More 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 may not be what works best for the next person.
 
Most healthcare providers that 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.
 
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