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What is the difference between Typical and Atypical Psychotic drugs?

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C. Matz

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C. Matz, College student, Graduation, Orlando

Answered on Aug 27, 2019

Both typical and atypical psychotic drugs are used for treating psychotic problems. While typical psychotic drugs are often called first-generation antipsychotics, atypical psychotic drugs, on the other hand, are known as second-generation antipsychotics. Atypical psychotic drugs are mostly used in treating diseases compared to typical psychotic drugs; this is because atypical psychotic drugs do not have more side effects when you compare them to the side effects of typical psychotic drugs.

Another reason is that atypical psychotic drugs work very faster than typical psychotic drugs. Also, people get more addicted to typical psychotic drugs compared to atypical psychotic drugs. For these reasons, atypical psychotic drugs are normally prescribed for patients to use. However, a patient is more liable to become psychotic again if he stops using the drugs. First-generation antipsychotics are mostly used to treat, agitation, anxiety, etc., while second-generation antipsychotics are used to treat bipolar diseases, depression, etc.

A. Samuel

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A. Samuel, Content Manager, Masters in Marketing and accounting, Florida

Answered on Jul 16, 2019

Antipsychotic drugs are drugs that have been designed to treat a severe psychiatric condition known as psychosis. Psychosis is characterized by the distortion of thoughts during which a person loses touch with reality, often manifesting with hallucinations, paranoia, or delusions. The first drug that was developed to cure psychosis is the "typical antipsychotics." Today, a newer class of medication known as the "atypical antipsychotics" is now been used. The following are the significant areas where the differences between the typical and the atypical antipsychotics are evident: year of introduction and the side-effects. a.

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: The typical antipsychotics were introduced in the year 1950 and is referred to as the first generation antipsychotics while the atypical antipsychotics were introduced in the year 1990 and is referred to as the second-generation antipsychotics. b. SIDE-EFFECTS: The typical antipsychotics have been known to cause Parkinson-like side effects in many users, unlike the atypical antipsychotics that boast a different side effect profile with far fewer of the Parkinson-like effects than the older agents.

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