Medications given for certain types of agitated states and thinking disturbances are called antipsychotic medications. Some common medications of this type are: chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), haloperidol (Haldol), and thioridazine (Mellaril).
What do antipsychotic medications do?
- Some individuals who "hear voices" or "see things" that are not really there are given these medications to help them better relate to their real environment. These medications also can relieve aggression or help people who are upset.
What do I tell the healthcare professional about the individual who will be taking these medications?
- Tell the healthcare professional about any alcohol or medications (prescriptions, or nonprescription) that the patient is taking.
- Tell if the individual is pregnant.
- Tell them if the individual has liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, or heart disease.
How should I give this medication and how should I store it?
- Give these medications by mouth unless indicated on the prescription.
- You can give these medications either with or without food unless indicated on the prescription.
- You must give these medications on time and as prescribed in order to achieve the best effect and to diminish possible side effects.
- Store these medications at room temperature.
What side effects should I look for?
- The person taking the medication may feel sleepy or restless during the first few days after beginning the medication. Females may have irregular or absent periods. Both males and females may have changes in sex drive. Males can experience breast enlargement and women may secrete a milklike substance from the breast. Many individuals get dizzy right after they stand after lying down or sitting down for a while. Also, many may feel hot or cold to the touch.
What side effects must I report at once?
- Individuals who take antipsychotic medication may experience uncontrollable restlessness (like finger or toe tapping); muscle stiffness; slowed movements; muscle spasms (may occur in any muscles including the back and neck); tremor when resting; abnormal tongue, face, or jaw movements; difficulty swallowing; or excessive drooling.
- You must call emergency medical services (911) if someone taking these types of medications develops a high temperature, rigid muscles, decreased consciousness, fast breathing or fast heart rate.
Where can I buy Antipsychotic Medications?
- Go to online pharmacies on the WWW and buy prescription drugs.