Antipsychotic drugs can control psychotic symptoms,such as delusions and hallucinations, and thought disor-ders that can occur with schizophrenia, mania, and other psychoses.
Drugs used to treat psychoses have several different names, in-cluding:
§ antipsychotic, because they can eliminate signs and symptoms of psychoses
§ major tranquilizer, because they can calm an agitated patient
§ neuroleptic, because they have an adverse neurobiologic effect that causes abnormal body movements.
Regardless of what they’re called, all antipsychotic drugs belong to one of two major groups:
· atypical antipsychotics, which include aripiprazole, cloza-pine, olanzapine, paliperidone, quetiapine, risperidone, and ziprasidone
· typical antipsychotics, which include phenothiazines and nonphenothiazines.