The antipsychotics, also called neuroleptics, are medicines administered to reduce or limit some psychoses. They can have various actions (antidelusional, antihallucinatory, anticonfusional, disinhibitory or sedative). These medicines are divided into two major categories: the conventional antipsychotics and the so-called 2nd generation antipsychotics.
They are indicated for use in various situations such as acute or chronic psychosis, major anxiety or withdrawal from some addictions.
Do they have contraindications?
The antipsychotics can cause many side effects including neurological, psychological and cardiorespiratory disturbances. Some of these effects can be serious and life-threatening. Their use must therefore be strictly controlled and under careful medical supervision.
- Merck Manuel, 4th edition ;
- Vidal, 2010 edition.
The purpose of the antipsychotics is to reduce psychosis. © Phovoir