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Antipsychotic schizophrenia medication

Alongside psychological treatment for schizophrenia, antipsychotic medication may be recommended by mental health specialists.

Treatment may be planned to prevent symptoms in the long-term, or to treat psychotic episodes in the short-term.

Antipsychotic medication works by blocking the effects of the chemical dopamine in the brain.

Antipsychotics may be taken as tablets, or given by injection.

In the short-term, antipsychotics can reduce symptoms of anxiety or aggression.

Over a longer period of time, hallucinations or delusional thoughts may be reduced.

Newer antipsychotics, called atypical antipsychotics tend to be prescribed first as they have fewer side-effects.

Older antipsychotics, called typical antipsychotics may also be a treatment option in some cases.

Side-effects of antipsychotics

Side effects of antipsychotics include:

If side-effects are severe, an alternative medication may be recommended.

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on August 05, 2016

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