What antipsychotic has the least side effects?

If you’re on an antipsychotic, it’s safe to assume that your brain is doing a tap dance with sanity. But have no fear! Medical technology continues to improve and we now have increased options for those struggling with psychotic symptoms. The downside of medications prescribed for psychoses, often include unpleasant side-effects but some are more bearable than others.

What Are Antipsychotics?

Antipsychotics are medications that help alleviate psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations. They essentially work by balancing certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin.

Antipsychotics can be classified into two main groups: typical (first-generation) and atypical (second-generation). First-gen [That’s what people cool folk say when they mean first generation] drugs treat primarily positive symptoms like hallucinations while second-gen also targets negative symptoms such as lack of motivation or flat affect/‘resting bitch’ face[we suggest not using this term if you’re talking to any medical professionals].

Side Effects

The most common episodes found after both typical & atypical anti-psychotics include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Stiffness/Tremors/Parkinsonism
    -Fortunately other rare side effects take the form of diabetes, seizures etc., which could prove fatal

Thusly [(cough)] put simply,your choice boils down to – Side effect severity Vs how much control over your mind do you want ?

Let us look through some easily available brands & their relative advantages/disadvantages :

Abilify (aripiprazole)

According to several studies conducted between 2002-2016[To save time lulz], Aripiprazole was shown consistently having lesser adverse events compared against other Brands.The drug features typically referred to as a third-generation antipsychotic, Atypical according to some experts. Aripiprazole also offers the following advantage: Less chance of leading to weight gain compared to risperidone and other second-gen drugs [Warning : May come back from graveyard after 3am]

Clozaril (clozapine)

Next up in our wonder drug list is clozapine more commonly known under the brand name of Clozaril. Generally used when other treatments[or interventions] are not successful. The FDA’s approved use for this drug – schizophrenia that isn’t responding well enough with usual treatment.Due its toxicity & habit-forming nature, it was subject an REMS plan (risk evaluation mitigation strategy) by the US Food and Drug Administration,FDA [Ok boomer],thereby making it pretty hard or at times costly{The cost part},to access.

Geodon/Zeldox (ziprasidone)

To take us through into b-towns fab(may have meant better or may just be talking about Bombay locals..who knows),Let me introduce you folks to ziprasidone .Also referred to as “Geodon“ in the States,“Zeldox” out here where we talk funny.So what can one say ’bout this guy? Most notable feature is He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named like hypnotic effect on your heart ,so irregular heart rhythms should probably stay away. Other than that Ziprasidoe side effects tend towards being rather mild even causing Lesser weight gain compared against while offering similar efficacy rates

Here’s how Ziprasidones stats stack up: Close enough efficacy rate ;Lower possibility for diabetes.Just avoid if possible having Cardiac issues already

Risperdal/Consta M-tab/Invega Susten Hematoma/Achieve (risperidone)

Risperdal (Risperidone) is another antipsychotic considered a second-gen drug.[I mean often prescribed after the first gen drugs] Commonly used for medically treating bipolar mania, schizophrenia dosage regimens range generally between 1mg-8mg per day. Side effects tend to be almost as severe as those from typical anti-psychotics.Therefore,the selective use of Rinsperindoe has been specially cautioned against in elderly patients suffering from other medical complications

Seroquel/Seroquel XR (quetiapine)

Quetiapine offers still fewer side effects than risperidude.The Chief/Head/Front Running feature includes being recommended for Adult ADHD sufferers too! Opposed to the suicidal tendencies certain other drugs have also elicited in users,Sertraline least likely among em’ seroquels siblings,to cause any dramatic cardio vascular related issues

According to recent studies Quetiapine’s efficacy seems lesser compared against many(most? ) second-gen It does however have a relatively short-half life which could come handy given how difficult it can get over addiction+withdrawals.

[Bonus[cos why not]] Zyprexa/Olanzapime

Last but definitely not least would be Olanzapime with its trade name being rather simple – Zyprexa.Regular usage tends to heavily imply that you’ll gain weight#foodislife,but due credit should be offered seeing that this guy amongst all second-gens stands highest on preventing relapses /the patient going off their rocker again.In theory..if absolutely sure about managing cravings or kicking them,this might end up being your thang.

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