What Are Some Examples of Antipsychotic Drugs?

What Are Some Examples of Antipsychotic Drugs?

Abilify, Latuda, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Saphris are some examples of antipsychotic drugs. Other antipsychotics include Clozaril, Risperdal and Geodon. Antipsychotics are used for bipolar disorder to control hallucinations, delusions and mania, according to WebMD. Antipsychotics are also used for schizophrenia, claims MedicineNet.

Antipsychotics were first introduced in the 1950s, but the safer ones, known as atypical antipsychotics, were developed in the 1990s, says MedicineNet. They work by regulating the area of brain function that controls mood, perception and thinking, claims WebMD.

Although antipsychotics are helpful, they come with many side effects, such as blurred vision, drowsiness, tremors, dry mouth and weight gain. A long-term movement disorder, known as tardive dyskinesia, is also a potential side effect of antipsychotics, according to WebMD.