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How Do Antipsychotic Drugs Work
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
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
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
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
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 and seroquel which you are taking do not.Best wishes. ...Read more
What is the best antipsychotic drug with the least side affects to help with schizoaffective disorder?
Varies: If there were one best antipsychotic drug then there would not be such a competition to develop and market them. Almost all of the antipsychotics involve trade-offs that are individual - for example some cause sedation, but sedation could be a benefit if you have trouble sleeping, etcetera. This table might help... http://www.psychresidentonline.com/atypical%20antipsychotics.htm. ...Read more
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
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