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How do antipsychotics work?

How do antipsychotics work?

Block dopamine: Each antipsychotic has a slightly different receptor profile, but the one thing they all have in common is Dopamine receptor blockade. Though other factors may play a role, it is commonly accepted that increased Dopamine transmission is a major component for the development of psychosis. ...Read more

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Antipsychotics (Definition)

These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more


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Could taking antipsychotics make me feel crazy?

Could taking antipsychotics make me feel crazy?

You can develop: Side effects of any antipsychotic medication. However, most are designed to schizoprhenia and other conditions so that one might feel more sane. ...Read more

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What antipsychotics cause NMS? What are symptoms of NMS?

Great Question: Any of the antipsychotic medications can cause NMS or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. The higher potency antipsychotics have a higher risk. The symptoms are life-threatening and may include fever, muscle stiffness or rigidity, loss of consciousness, and unstable vital signs. The treatment involves stopping the antipsychotic medication and supportive care in the ICU. Meds are also used to counter. ...Read more

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Which drugs have the opposite effects of antipsychotics?

Why?: I am not sure why you would want to cause psychosis, but for people who are prone to psychosis many things can cause or increase psychotic symptoms. Cocaine and methamphetamine frequently cause paranoia, hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP, etc cause hallucinations. Even marijuana can cause psychotic sxs for some ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: antipsychotics?

Antipsychotics: These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals primarily affect dopamin receptors. ...Read more

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What are alternatives to antipsychotics used to treat schgizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: There are degrees of severity of schizophrenia but it is overall a serious diagnosis that generally warrants medication. If you aren't already in therapy, I recommend someone who is very experienced in doing therapy with schizophrenia. This is a more specialized type of therapy. If you have been seeing a psychiatrist it would be good to ask who they would recommend for therapy. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I discovered antipsychotics in my girlfriend's purse?

Ask her.: And what were you doing looking into your girlfriend's purse, sir? Before you draw conclusions, I suggest that you ask her what the medications are for. A good relationship is after all based on trust. ...Read more

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Are there any movie stars or, famous people that have had to take antipsychotics?

Don't know: For certain, but famous individuals suffer from diabetes, heart disease, infectious disease, high blood pressure, so why not mental illness just like the rest of the population. They are simply a subset of the general population subject to all the same ailments. ...Read more

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What is a safe antipsychotic?

A/W Dr. Moranville: Every psychotropic medication carries risk of possible side effects. This also applies to all antipsychotics. There can be mild or serious side effects. ...Read more

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Could antipsychotics make you fat?

Weight gain is: A potential side effect for atypical antipsychotics. This often does can increase in body fat. ...Read more

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Where can I get antipsychotic drugs?

Antipsychotic: Medications can be prescribed by a psychiatrist if there is an indication. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics take away virility?

Antipsychotic SEs?: Antipsychotics can affect sexual function. This side effect is uncommon, but can occur. Remember that antipsychotics, esp atypical antipsychotics, are often used in the treatment of medical problems that can themselves affect sexual interest/libido (depression, bipolar d/o). Talk with your doctor to clarify ur concerns & select the best treatment for you. ...Read more

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How do antipsychotic medications work?

Dopamine blockade: Antipsychotics can work on various neurotransmitters in the brain, but the most frequent mechanism of action is to block brain dopamine receptors. Different medications impact different receptor subtypes and lead to varying effects. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight on antipsychotics?

How can I lose weight on antipsychotics?

Not recommended: If you're looking for a way to use antipsychotic medications to lose weight in terms of their side effects I would strongly recommend that you investigate other more definitive ways of accomplishing this worthy goal such as efficient dieting and the development of lifestyle goals and habits that will just cause the kilos to melt away! Best of luck. ...Read more

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How can antipsychotics work for anxiety?

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Anxiety: Antipsychotics, especially sedating ones, are occasionally used for agitation, especially in bipolar or psychotic cases, not for anxiety per se. ...Read more

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What do you know about antipsychotic use?

Which one: All antipsychotics are used to treat hallucinations and delusions and some may help in mood stabilization (abilify (aripiprazole) and seroquel). They are all slightly different in the way they effect dopamine, serotonin and other neurotransmitters and have different side effect profiles. A psychiatrist can help find the best one for you. ...Read more

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How can I quit antipsychotics cold turkey?

Antipsychotics: Antipsychotic treatment should be monitored by an specialist on a regular basis, due to the risk of short and long term side effects. Starting and stopping treatment could be safely done if doses are modified little by little over time. Titration of the medications is the best way to find the appropriate amount which will produce the least side effects and most effective results. ...Read more

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Does being on antipsychotics affect fertility?

Being Female: No. Not in general. Antipsychotics medications are not in any way hormones or birth control or affect your menses. In general that is since you did not share the specific medication you are concerned about. ...Read more

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Cigarettes and antipsychotics, can I mix the 2?

Not a good idea: Cigarette smoking can decrease the levels of the antipsychotic in your system and if you were started on the meds without smoking and then you smoke, chances are they will not work and you will have a relapse of the symptoms. If already smoking when put on meds, you will need higher doses for same effect. So no - not a good idea ...Read more

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What types of antipsychotic medications are there?

What types of antipsychotic medications are there?

Newer v. Older: Older antipsychotics include drugs like haldol, thorazine, Mellaril and navane. Newer agents include risperal, zyprexa, seroquel and geodon (ziprasidone). The newer agents are associated with somewhat fewer side effects and long term complications such as tardive dyskinesia, but still have lots of side effects. For many psychiatric disorders, they are the best treatments we have. ...Read more

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Antipsychotics that don't decrease your sexual ablity?

Prolactin: Antipsychotics that do not affect prolactin may be less likely to result in sexual dysfunction. These can include some of the atypicals such as latuda, (lurasidone) abilify, and seroquel. ...Read more

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What's the best antipsychotic for disorganized thought?

What's the best antipsychotic for disorganized thought?

There is no 1 best: Choice. Here are examples of some; Paliperidone (Invega), Iloperidone (Fanapt), Asenapine (Saphris), Lurasidone (Latuda), Ziprasidone (Geodon), Aripiprazole (Abilify), clozapine (FazaClo), Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Risperidone (Risperdal), Brexpiprazole (Rexulti), Cariprazine (Vraylar), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) ...Read more

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What are some new antipsychotic medications being used?

Zyprexa; Seroquel;: Non-medication treatment and accurate diagnosis are most important 1st steps. ...Read more

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Does fasting on antipsychotics inhibit there ability to work?

Some yes, not yours: But long-term starvation would. If you are fasting for religious purposes, then it is fine. If you have anorexia, please do not use this information as permission to abstain from eating. Some antipsychotics require food for absorption, but Haldol (haloperidol) and seroquel which you are taking do not. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Anyone taking or has even taken antipsychotics when not psycho?

Antipsychotics: While antipsychotics were originally used to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, the newer agents are now used to provide mood stabilization in bipolar disorder, as a treatment for depression, for severe anxiety and impulsivity among other conditions. ...Read more

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Are antipsychotics safe medications? What are the side effects?

Depends on how used: Almost every medication have side effects some more serious than others. Depending on the use, any medication can be safe or unsafe. Antipsychotic medications have serious side effects and should only be prescribed by those who understand and can manage their benefits and risks. When used in this manner, the safety of any medication can be improved. ...Read more

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Will my emotions return to normal after stopping an antipsychotic?

Depends: Most of the time if one stops a mental health medication they return to their previous condition, but not always. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the risk of diabetes while taking antipsychotics?

How can you reduce the risk of diabetes while taking antipsychotics?

Diet ; exercise: Regular exercise (appropriate to your fitness level and overall health), eating healthy (especially avoiding sugar and processed starches), and routine blood work and weights done by your prescriber are the best preventative measures. ...Read more