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Anti-psychotics

Anti-psychotics are the drugs doctors give people who have a psychotic illness like bipolar disorder or schizophreina. They are good at helping people with mental illness get better and stay well. They help control symptoms of the illness such as hearing voices and thinking problems.

Old and new anti-psychotic medications

There are old anti-psychotic medicines and new anti-psychotic medicines. Today, most doctors give out the new anti-psychotic medicines.  The older anti-psychotic medicines work just as well as the newer ones, but the older ones tend to have more side effects.

Finding the best medicine

Finding the best medication is not always easy. The person’s doctor and caseworker can help find the best one. Just remember, the medication does take some time to work. It does not work over night. Some can have effects that the person might not like at first. But it is very important to keep taking it just like the doctor says. Taking it will help the person with schizophrenia not get sick again and have to go into the hospital. If the person has some side effects they do not like, they should talk to their doctor about the side effects.

Anti-psychotic medicine names

Listed below are medicine brand name and generic names. Trade names vary from drug to drug. The trade name will depend on which company makes the drug. The generic name is the chemical name for the drug and never changes. Brand names are always in capital letters. Generic names are always in lower case letters.

Older Medications

Brand Name

Generic Name

Haldol

haloperidol

 Mellaril

thioridazine

Navane

Thiothixene

Prolixin

fluphenazine

Stelazine

trifluoperazine

Thorazine

chlorpromazine

Trilafon

perphenazine

Newer Medications

Brand Name

Generic Name

Risperdal

risperidone

Clozaril

clozapine

Seroquel

quetiapine

Zyprexa

olanzapine