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Do antipsychotics increase negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Do antipsychotics increase negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Older antipsychotics: Did not so much increase negative symptoms as simply didn't effectively treat them. The newer antipsychotics can help with both positive and negative symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Do antipsychotics increase the negative symptoms of schizophrenia (like apathy and social withdrawal)?

Do antipsychotics increase the negative symptoms of schizophrenia (like apathy and social withdrawal)?

No: They don't increase negative symptoms. Unfortunately, they often don't do enough to decrease them either. The negative symptoms are part of the illness itself, not a medication side effect. After the antipsychotics control the positive symptoms, which they do a better job of treating, the negative symptoms are more easily noticed, but they are an inherent and impairing part of the illness. ...Read more

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Can antipsychotics elevate negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Maybe: Sometimes, antipsychotics, especially the older ones, can cause parkinson's - like side effect. This causes the person to have a "flat" or emotionless appearance to the face. The antipsychotics all also cause sleepiness and a low energy. This may imitate the lack of drive that is also a common negative symptom. ...Read more

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Will antipsychotics for schizophrenia do anything for me if i experience more negative symptoms than positive symptoms?

Good question!: Discuss with your doc but in general the newer atypical antipsychotics & clozapine are more effective for negative symptoms ...Read more

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Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?

Possibly: When prescribed improperly -- and usually this is a dosage issue, or when prescribed without attention to alternative medicines -- they can result in such symptoms. But the symptoms are not permanent, and resolve when prescribed properly or when the medicine is discontinued. ...Read more

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Can the new bloodtest for schizophrenia only work if I am off antipsychotic drugs when I do the test?

On hold: The test verapsych looks for biomarkers of the illness and would not be affected by taking antipsychotic medication however use of the test has been suspended pending more research to support its usefulness. ...Read more

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If I have paranoid schizophrenia and I stop taking antipsychotics will I get voices again?

If I have paranoid schizophrenia and I stop taking antipsychotics will I get voices again?

Schizophrenia: It is essential to remain on your antipsychotic medication both to slow worsening of symptoms and to prevent further positive & negative psychotic symptoms. ...Read more

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Schizophrenia without antipsychotics. Alternative approach to psychosis? Gaba? B3? 5htp? Omega3? Dosage?

Schizophrenia without antipsychotics. Alternative approach to psychosis? Gaba? B3? 5htp? Omega3? Dosage?

Alternatives: No responsible physician can make recommendations like you're requesting on the internet, without seeing you and evaluating your situation. Schizophrenia is a serious illness, and you deserve effective treatment with a good doctor. There are psychiatrists who know about nutrition, and who integrate different types of treatment. See http://www.Inimh.Org/ and http://www.Holisticboard.Org/. ...Read more

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Why am I cold all the time when others are warm. I was diagnosed hypothyroidism and also given antipsychotics for schizophrenia?

Why am I cold all the time when others are warm. I was diagnosed hypothyroidism and also given antipsychotics for schizophrenia?

Hypothyrodism: can make you feel cold. Is your hypothyroid condition being treated? If not, please see your doctor for help. How is the rest of your diet? Do you exercise? Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. John Moranville
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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