Uses: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Bipolar Mania
Antipsychotic medications are used to treat a wide variety of psychotic illnesses. First-Generation Antipsychotics (FGAs) are widely available and used for treating psychosis symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations.
Second Generation Antipsychotics (SGAs), also referred to as Atypical Antipsychotics, are used to treat negative symptoms (such as withdrawal, poverty of speech, apathy or the like), cognitive and affective symptoms and to treat schizophrenia.
There are currently six (6) available SGAs, including Zyprexa®, Clozaril®, Risperdal®, Seroquel®, Geodon®, and Abilify®. Recently, the FDA required all of the manufacturers of Atypical Antipsychotics to add warnings about the increased risk of developing diabetes or hyperglycemia (increased blood sugars).
Several medical associations have urged users of SGAs to be watched carefully to ensure that they are not developing diabetes.
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