neuroleptic

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neuroleptic

[‚nu̇r·ō′lep·tik]
(pharmacology)
A drug that is useful in the treatment of mental disorders, especially psychoses.
Pertaining to the actions of such a drug.
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Most likely NMS is self-limiting after antipsychotics are discontinued with average duration of recovery in the range of 7-10 days.2 Successful treatment of NMS depends on early clinical recognition and prompt withdrawal of the neuroleptic agents. Neuroleptics cannot be removed by dialysis and blood concentrations decline only slowly.
We considered the diagnosis of NMS based on alteration of mental status, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, and elevated CK level, with the use of neuroleptic agents, although the patient did not have any muscle rigidity.
Neuroleptic agents and selective serotonin and seratonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors are already being used extensively in women who choose not to use hormone therapy or have a contraindication for the use thereof.
Also known as major tranquillisers and antipsychotic drugs, neuroleptic agents comprise a group of seven classes of drugs.
The main drugs involved in suicide attempts (benzodiazepines, antidepressant agents, neuroleptic agents) accounted for nearly 59.6% (211 cases) of all drugs detected, and the proportion of drug-positive results in suicide attempts was ~93%.
These regulations, adopted in 1987 after a public outcry over patient abuse in this predominantly for-profit industry, halved the number of patients who are tied down (from about 40 percent to 20 percent); greatly decreased the previously epidemic use of neuroleptic agents like Thorazine in nonpsychotic patients; and set minimum standards for nurse and paraprofessional staffing and training.