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What drugs treat psychotic disorders?

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Antipsychotics are a type of drug used to treat psychotic disorders. These are conditions in which thinking can be irrational, and people have false beliefs (delusions) or perceptions (hallucinations). They're sometimes used to treat mood disorders such as bipolar disorder or major depression, too. Different antipsychotics vary in their side effects, and some people have more trouble with certain side effects than with others. Your doctor can change medications or dosages to help with unpleasant side effects. A drawback to some antipsychotic medications is their potential to cause sedation and problems with involuntary movements. They can also cause weight gain and changes in blood sugar or cholesterol, which require regular check ups.

From: Drugs to Treat Mental Illness WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: ''Mental Health Medications.'' 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: ''Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.'' 

Jose, M. July 15, 1993. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: ''Mental Health Medications.'' 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: ''Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.'' 

Jose, M. July 15, 1993. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 20, 2017

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