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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When first introduced, atypicals were widely touted as more effective and safer than older neuroleptic agents, which eased the physician reticence about prescribing these medications for young patients, they wrote.
In 2 years, just 2 of the 48 patients at Rush continued to have benign hallucinations without requiring either a decrease in their dose of dopaminergic medications or an addition of neuroleptic agents to counteract the hallucinations or progressing to more serious hallucinations with loss of insight (UPDRS Thought Disorder score of 3) or delusions (UPDRS Thought Disorder score of 4).
Traditional neuroleptic agents have a high incidence of extrapyramidal side effects including Parkinsonism and tardive dyskinesia.
Atypical neuroleptic agents show benefit in studies for trauma-related psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations.