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Medications for Schizophrenia
Table of Contents - Schizophrenia Treatments (Medications)

  • General Reading/Introductory Reading on Antipsychotic Medications

  • Low Cost Access to Schizophrenia Medications

  • Recommended Books on Schizophrenia-related Psychiatric Medications

  • Side-Effects of Some Schizophrenia Medications

  • Common Traditional Medications for Schizophrenia
  • Atypical (newer) Medications for Schizophrenia
  • Aripiprazole (Abilify)
  • Clozaril (clozapine)
  • Geodon (ziprasidone)
  • Risperdal (resperidone)
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine)
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine)
  • Schizophrenia Medications in Trials (Not Yet Available to Public)
  • Sources for Additional Information on Medications

    The American Psychiatric Association's "Guideline For The Treatment Of Patients With Schizophrenia" states that "Antipsychotic medications are indicated for nearly all acute psychotic episodes in patients with schizophrenia."

    Independently, you should also note that there is a significant overlap in terms of the medications for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (Manic Depression).

    There are two main classifications of medications (from a layman's perspective) the traditional antipsychotic medications (Haldol, etc.), and the newer, "atypical" antipsychotic medications that have come out in the past decade (Clozapine, Geodon, Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify, etc.). We recommend you visit our (and other) on-line support groups to learn what people are saying about their success and problems with the different medications. We also recommend you read as much as you can on the medications available, and talk with a psychiatrist, to identify the medications that may be appropriate. Keep in mind that while both the older and newer medications can greatly help a person who has schizophrenia, they all have significant side effects that vary by person and medication, and they are unfortunately not yet a cure for schizophrenia.

    • Some of the Common Traditional Medications for Schizophrenia
    • Atypical (newer) Medications for Schizophrenia
    • Schizophrenia Medications in Trials Working towards Release (Not Yet Available to Public)

    Compound Trade Name Companies Method of Action FDA Trials Phase
    iloperidone Zomaril Titan/Novartis D2/5-HT2 antagonist Phase III
    DTA 201A   Knoll (BASF) D3 antagonist Phase II
    DU 127090   Solvay/Lundbeck D2/5-HT1a antagonist Phase II
    ORG 5222   Organon (Akzo Nobel) D2/5-HT2 antagonist Phase II
    Osanetant   Sanofi-Synthelabo neurokinin-3 antagonist Phase II
    MEM 3454   Memory Pharmaceuticals Corp. partial agonist of the nicotinic alpha-7 receptor Phase I

    • Sources for Additional Information on Medications
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