Antipsychotic Medication Class
Antipsychotics have been in use since the mid-twentieth century. However, a newer class of antipsychotic drugs appeared during the 1990s, allowing those who require these powerful drugs to experience fewer side effects. The newer class of drugs has been used to treat other disease symptoms and for off-label uses as well.
What are Antipsychotics?
Antipsychotic medications have been around since the 1950s. They have been used to treat schizophrenia and schizophrenia-related disorders. In the 1990s, a newer class of antipsychotic medication was introduced that became known as atypical antipsychotic medication. This group of drugs produces less extrapyramidal symptoms and lower risk of tardive dyskinesia. Extrapyramidal symptoms include slurred speech, tremors, anxiety and paranoia. Tardive dyskinesia is a neurological syndrome caused by long term use of neuroleptic drugs or antipsychotic drugs. The symptoms of this syndrome include involuntary purposeless movements such as lip smacking, pursing lips, rapid eye movement, tongue protrusions or arm or leg movements.
Uses of Antipsychotics
Antipsychotic medications are used to help limit the psychotic episodes of those suffering from symptoms of schizophrenia. These medications have other uses that can address other disorders and diseases. For example, Disulfiram or Antabuse is an antipsychotic medication used to help with the medical treatment of alcoholism by deterring alcoholics from drinking.
In general, these drugs can improve cognitive function, diminish hallucinations or delusions and reduce the risk of suicide. Antipsychotic medications are often used for dual diagnosis treatmentof addictions and mood disorders in drug rehab facilities.
Side Effects of Antipsychotics:
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Skin Rashes
- Menstrual problems in women
- Weight gain
- Changes in metabolism
- Changes in glucose levels
Common Antipsychotics are:
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
- Haloperidol (Haldol)
- Risperidone (Risperdal)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel)
- Aripiprazole (Abilify)
- Paliperidone (Invega)
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