If one does not work so well, a different one is often tried and may work well. It is thought that the older and newer types of antipsychotics work as well as each other.The exception to this is clozapine - it is the only antipsychotic that is thought to work better than the others.Both types are thought to work as well as each other. You will need regular tests to monitor for side-effects while you take these medicines.
Normally they are started by a specialist in psychiatry, or your GP will ask a specialist for advice on when to start them.
Also, for many years antipsychotics were used to calm elderly people who had dementia. This is because these medicines are thought to increase the risk of stroke and early death - by a small amount.
The main advantage of depot injections is that you do not have to remember to take tablets every day.
It is thought that for every 10 people who take these medicines, 8 will experience an improvement in their symptoms.
There are two main types of antipsychotics: Antipsychotics are available as tablets, capsules, liquids and depot injections (long-acting). Older antipsychotics have been used since the 1950s and are still prescribed today.
Newer antipsychotics were developed in the 1970s onwards.Even when symptoms ease, antipsychotic medication is normally continued long-term if you have schizophrenia.This aims to prevent relapses, or to limit the number and severity of relapses.It was originally thought that these medicines would have fewer side-effects than the older type of antipsychotics.However, we now know that they can also cause quite a few side-effects.They can also be used to treat severe depression and severe anxiety.