Psychopharmacology (neuroleptics) that treat Schizophrenia
My health care provider told me that drugs called neuroleptics may help decrease psychotic symptoms.
Conventional (first generation) antipsychotic medications are dopamine antagonists.
That's right! These drugs manage the symptoms of the disease, but do not cure schizophrenia.
Atypical (second-generation) are both dopamine and serotonin antagonists.
The second-generation antipsychotics not only diminish positive symptoms but also, lessen the negative signs of lack of volition, motivation, social withdrawal, and anhedonia.
First generation antipsychotics target the positive signs of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, delusions.
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