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A class of drugs used to control psychotic symptoms in patients with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and delusional disorder. Antipsychotics include risperidone (Risperdal), haloperidol (Haldol), and chlorpromazine (Thorazine).


; antipsychotics; 'major tranquillizers' pharmacological agents that tranquillize without impairing consciousness or causing paradoxical excitement; used to treat schizophrenia; side-effects include extrapyramidal symptoms (e.g. parkinsonism, dystonia, dyskinesia, tardive dyskinesia) and hypotension in the elderly; examples include haloperidol (Serenace), fluphenazine (Depixol), chlorpromazine (Largactil), trifluoperazine (Stelazine) and risperidone

antipsychotics (an´tēsīkot´iks), medications used to decrease hallucinations, delusions, and other symptoms associated with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; enables functioning in daily life for individuals.
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Texas long term care providers must strive to implement a culture change within nursing homes to reduce the use of off label antipsychotics," said George Linial, President and CEO of Leading Age Texas.
However, if substitution does occur, this does not address the issue of managing dementia care, as many of these alternatives also have harmful side effects and are associated with the same quality of life issues as antipsychotics (American Geriatrics Society 2012).
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Meanwhile 5% of the antipsychotics for these patients were prescribed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and the rest were prescribed by many specialties.
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The local NHS mental health trust has launched the Right Prescription campaign as part of the Government's National Dementia Strategy, which aims to cut the number of dementia sufferers taking antipsychotic drugs by two-thirds before March 31, 2012.
While some of the SGAs seemed less likely to cause TD compared to others, the SGA-treated group as a whole developed TD at a rate just slightly less than the group treated with the older antipsychotics that we measured years ago.
Although the case patients were likely to have other medical conditions or tended to be homebound, pneumonia developed in 264of the 2,500 patients exposed to antipsychotic therapy.
There are 37 State mental hospitals in the country with a large proportion of patients with schizophrenia, and a majority of them are either on typical antipsychotics, combination of antipsychotics or on high dose antipsychotic medication (2).
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