Antipsychotic Drugs -- Information
Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and psychotic depression are just a few of the conditions commonly treated with antipsychotic drugs. These medications are broken down into two categories: "typical" antipsychotics and "atypical" antipsychotics.
Some of the drugs known as older, typical antipsychotics include:
Newer, atypical antipsychotics include:
While it was originally thought that the older antipsychotics were more likely to cause muscle stiffness and other side effects, research now suggests that the two types of medications are more similar than once thought.
Regardless of the type of antipsychotic drug prescribed, your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history before treatment begins. This includes any other conditions you may have and if you are taking any other medications, including vitamins or supplements. This will help him or her decide if the medication is right for you.
(To read the full eMedTV article on this class of drugs, click Antipsychotics. This article offers information on general safety precautions, an expanded list of medications in this category, and instructions on what to do if you are having trouble paying for your medication.)