The focus of this chapter is on antipsychotic agents—drugs also known as neuroleptics, antischizophrenic agents, and major tranquilizers (a misnomer). This pharmacological family has become a mainstay in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders as well as many nonpsychotic conditions . We deal primarily with the phenothiazines and related antipsychotic drugs but briefly discuss various experimental agents. The chapter also describes other approaches to treating psychoses and concludes by discussing future directions.


Antipsychotic Drug Tardive Dyskinesia Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Antipsychotic Agent Antiparkinson Drug 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Gelenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arizona Health Sciences CenterTucsonUSA

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