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Dr. John Moranville
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Antipsychotics (Overview)

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.


Dr. John Moranville
344 doctors shared insights

Antipsychotics (Overview)

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.


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What is your opinion on antipsychotics?

What is your opinion on antipsychotics?

Antipsychotics: These are powerful medications that can be very effective. They also can have significant side effects. They should be monitored closely. ...Read more

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I've recently had what i can only describe as transient tourette's syndrome. Is this a residual effect from years of antipsychotic meds for bipolar i?

I've recently had what i can only describe as transient tourette's syndrome. Is this a residual effect from years of antipsychotic meds for bipolar i?

Yes, it could.: To be safe, you should consult your general of family physician to make sure that what you have experienced is indeed a residual effect of years of antipsychotic medications treatment and not something else that should be assessed by a neurologist. Take care! ...Read more

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Can it be that a general physician prescribe antipsychotics?

GP: Any mdf can, depending on their level of comfort & experience. ...Read more

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Feel all sleep now dominated by dreamsnightmares. Wake up with fast heartbeat, angry. Clenching teeth. Take ativan (lorazepam) bc trying to not use antipsychotics?

Feel all sleep now dominated by dreamsnightmares. Wake up with fast heartbeat, angry. Clenching teeth. Take ativan (lorazepam) bc trying to not use antipsychotics?

Sleep evaluation : This can be a side effect of your medication so first talk to you doctor. You may also want to see a sleep specialist. They will, evaluate your sleep cycles, breathing, brain waves, sleep hygiene and everything related to how you sleep. ...Read more

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Do the antipsychotics used to treat bipolar also help the hallucinations?

Do the antipsychotics used to treat bipolar also help the hallucinations?

Yes: Hallucinations in bipolar disease respond very nicely to neuroleptic (antipsychotic) medications. ...Read more

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How effective are antipsychotic medications in treating mild dementia?

How effective are antipsychotic medications in treating mild dementia?

At times: Antipsychotics are not the first line treatment of dementia...Having said that...At times they are effective. ...Read more

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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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If 2.5 klonopin (clonazepam) works fine for mood and racing thoughts ..Would not it be safer than the stronger anticonvultants and atypical antipsychotics.

If 2.5 klonopin (clonazepam) works fine for mood and racing thoughts ..Would not it be safer than the stronger anticonvultants and  atypical antipsychotics.

In some ways ...: ...It is safe---it is generally well-tolerated, and other than the possibility of sedation, the main issue is addiction when used regularly. It does not have the baggage of the metabolic effects like the atypicals or the effects on the liver or worries of rashes like the anticonvulsants. But unfortunately, chronic use of Klonopin (clonazepam) creates its own addiction. ...Read more