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Treatment Available for Psychosis

Most people diagnosed with a psychotic illness will be offered antipsychotic medication. Some antipsychotics can have very unwelcome side effects (lethargy, a shuffling walk and uncontrollable movements), which can be reduced with the help of other medication.

Newer ‘atypical’ antipsychotics, which should be offered by doctors in preference to older drugs, have fewer side effects. Medical staff should help people explore whether medication is helpful and, if so, which drug, at which dose, and whether to take it regularly, as a preventive, or only under certain circumstances.

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