What Are the Medications for Schizophrenia?

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To treat schizophrenia, medication is the key, along with other types of care, such as psychotherapy and social skills training. Before prescribing medications, your doctor will check your symptoms and make a diagnosis. Also, he will make prescriptions depending on your specific conditions. Generally, antipsychotics is always the choice. They are effective because they can help ease symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. There are two groups of antipsychotics. the traditional antipsychotic medications and the newer, "atypical" antipsychotic medications. Some traditional common ones are:
  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
  • Fluphenazine (Prolixin)
  • Haloperidol (Haldol)
  • Perphenazine (Trilafon)
  • Thiothixene (Navane)
The newer ones are called “second-generation,” or “atypical” antipsychotics. The following are some examples of these medicines:
  • Aripiprazole (Abilify)
  • Asenapine (Saphris)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal)
In a word, you should talk to the doctor and work out a best treatment with him. Also, be sure to keep close contact with the doctor and let him know if it’s working.   Keywords: schizophrenia medication, schizophrenia drugs
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