Antipsychotics

Simplified definition

A class of drugs used to stabilize mood and treat behavior issues or symptoms or some mental illnesses.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Antipsychotics, also called neuroleptics, are a class of compounds with a high affinity for several subtypes of dopamine receptors.”

Source: Web.Williams.Edu. Dopamine Receptor Blockade: Antipsychotic Drugs. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

Context

“Some antipsychotics can have a small but significant beneficial effect on agitation, aggression and, to a lesser extent, psychosis in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Improvements are normally only seen once these drugs have been taken for several weeks.”

Source: Alzheimer’s Society. Antipsychotics and other drug approaches in dementia care. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022].

Note

  • These drugs have effects on the symptoms of AD, but have significant side effects on health.
  • Antipsychotics are contraindicated in Lewy body dementia as they cause significant side effects and can lead to death in 80% of cases.

Synonym(s)

Antipsychotic drugs / Neuroleptics

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