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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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