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

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

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


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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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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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Where can I get antipsychotic drugs?

Antipsychotics: You need to be evaluated by a Psychiatrist first. ...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 antipsychotics work for anxiety?

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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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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How long do most antipsychotics take to work?

2-3,weeks to start: Can get sedative side effects right away--when used to augment antidepressants 3-4 days ...Read more

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What are common side effects of antipsychotic drugs?

No simple answer: There are many different antipsychotic medications with different side effects. Side effects can range from weight gain, sedation, weight loss, sleep problems, movement disorders, dry mouth and many other possibilities. ...Read more

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What does the antipsychotic drug ziprasidone stimulate?

Many: Ziprazodone is from the atypical new generation of antipsychotics, it blocks/antagonizes the Dopamine receptors as well as blocking some and stimulating some Serotonin receptors which may have a role in improving mood. it may also play a positive role ( through the effect on serotonin receptors) in improving cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia ...Read more