Pharmacological Treatment

The class of antipsychotic drugs represents the primary pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia. There are approximately 40 antipsychotics available in the world; of these, 20 are available in the United States. From 1950 to 1990, first-generation antipsychotics (neuroleptics) were available; over the past decade, several second-generation or "atypical" antipsychotics have been introduced into clinical practice. Currently, 15 of the antipsychotics available in the United States are first-generation antipsychotics, while 5 are second-generation agents (Fig. 10.1).

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