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:
- Abilify / aripiprazole
- Clozaril / clozapine (full list of black box warnings for Clozaril)
- Geodon / ziprasidone
- Invega / paliperidone
- Risperdal / risperidone
- Seroquel / quetiapine
- Symbyax: olanzapine (Zyprexa) plus fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Zyprexa / olanzapine