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Antipsychotics: DEPENDENCE, WITHDRAWAL & ALTERNATIVES

Antipsychotics are a class of drugs used to treat psychosis and psychotic behaviors.
They are most commonly used to treat symptoms of hallucinations, paranoia, disordered thoughts, and delusions in those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Drugs of this class are commonly divided into one of two subclasses: first generation “typical antipsychotics,” and second generation “atypical antipsychotics.”

What Are the Types of Antipsychotic Drugs & Medications?

Click on the type of antipsychotic medication below to learn more information. We offer peer-reviewed resources, facts, and FAQs about common typical and atypical antipsychotics, and medications used to treat the symptoms of psychosis. We provide a wealth of information regarding the dangers of stopping antipsychotics abruptly, withdrawal symptoms from antipsychotic medications, and information on how to taper and quit antipsychotic drugs safely and naturally.

Antipsychotics Medication FAQs

Because each typical and atypical antipsychotic medication will have its own side effects, dangers, interactions, and risks, click on the type of antipsychotic medication you have a question about above. Otherwise, below are frequently asked questions on antipsychotics in general.

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What Does it Mean when a drug is Called a “Typical Antipsychotic?”

“Typical Antipsychotics” are early generation drugs that were originally developed to treat psychosis. What’s the difference between Atypical Versus Typical Antipsychotics? Both are dopamine antagonists, though the “newer” atypical drugs are usually much shorter-acting, and are excreted from the body much more quickly. Typical antipsychotics are more likely to cause extrapyramidal side effects than atypical side effects.

Typical antipsychotics medications were developed much longer ago, with some medications being in use since the 1950s. Atypical antipsychotics medications were developed much more recently, with the latest generations gaining approval for use in the 1990s.

Typical antipsychotics medications include:

  • Haldol (haloperidol)
  • Loxitane (loxapine)
  • Mellaril (thioridazine)
  • Moban (molindone)
  • Navane (thiothixene)
  • Prolixin (fluphenazine)
  • Serentil (mesoridazine)
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine)
  • Trilafon (perphenazine)
  • Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

Atypical antipsychotics medications include:

  • Abilify (aripiprazole)
  • Clozaril (clozapine)
  • Geodon (ziprasidone)
  • Risperdal (risperidone)
  • Seroquel (quetiapine)
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine)
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