If you experience psychosis as part of your illness, you may be offered antipsychotic medication. Antipsychotics are generally used to treat psychosis, but are also used to treat bipolar disorder. This section explains more about antipsychotic medication.
- There are two generations of antipsychotics. The older first generation and newer second generation.
- Antipsychotics affect people differently. If you take antipsychotics then you may get side effects.
- It can take some time to find the right medication.
- If you are taking an antipsychotic which you feel is not working, or if the side effects are difficult to live with, then you should discuss this with your GP or psychiatrist.
- You should not stop taking antipsychotics suddenly.
- Your antipsychotics can interact with other medications. It is important that your doctor is aware of all the medicine you are taking. Including any homeopathic medication.
This section covers:
- What are antipsychotics?
- Are there different types of antipsychotics?
- Are there any side effects?
- What if I want to stop taking antipsychotics?
- Do antipsychotics affect other medication?
- Does alcohol affect my antipsychotics?
- Can I drive when taking antipsychotics?
- What else should I consider before taking antipsychotics
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in February 2017. Next review February 2020.
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