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What are the different types of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia?

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There are two groups of antipsychotics. Doctors call the older group of medications “first-generation,” “typical,” or “conventional” antipsychotics. Some common ones are:

The newer ones are called “second-generation,” or “atypical” antipsychotics. Examples of these medicines include:

Note: Clozapine is the only FDA approved medication for treating schizophrenia that is resistant to other treatments. It’s also indicated for decreasing thoughts of suicidal behaviors in those with schizophrenia who are at risk

  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
  • Fluphenazine (Prolixin)
  • Haloperidol (Haldol)
  • Perphenazine (Trilafon)
  • Thioridazine (Mellaril)
  • Thiothixene (Navane)
  • Trifluoperazine (Stelazine)
  • Aripiprazole (Abilify)
  • Aripiprazole lauroxil (Aristada)
  • Asenapine (Saphris)
  • Brexpiprazole (Rexulti)
  • Cariprazine (Vraylar)
  • Clozapine (Clozaril)
  • Iloperidone (Fanapt)
  • Lurasidone (Latuda)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Paliperidone  (Invega Sustenna)
  • Paliperidone palmitate (Invega Trinza)
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal)
  • Ziprasidone (Geodon)

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia,” “Mental Health Medications.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia Treatment & Management.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Medications.”

First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia,” “Mental Health Medications.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia Treatment & Management.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Medications.”

First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

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