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Atypical Antipsychotics

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Updated October 25, 2013

Definition:

Atypical antipsychotics are so called because they are chemically different from the older antipsychotic medications and some of the side effects are different. "Atypical" really isn't a good description of this group of drugs, since it leaves no room to describe any future medicines that might be developed and belong to a third group.

All antipsychotics are medications meant to control hallucinations, delusions and other psychotic features of illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Some have other effects as well - see the individual listings for more information.

The atypical antipsychotics include:

See also: Typical Antipsychotics

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