Neuroleptic drugs are agents of diverse chemical structure but have a single major clinical action, the relief of psychotic symptoms, especially schizophrenic ones. These drugs are also referred to as major tranquilizers and antipsychotics. The term neuroleptic is most commonly used, since it is more specific. By contrast, the terms antipsychotic and tranquilizer are employed in different contexts with diverse clinical conditions and can apply in principle to many classes of drugs.
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