Antipsychotic Medications

Antipsychotic Medications - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which doctor should I consult for mental disorders and the prescription of antipsychotics?

A: A General Practitioner (GP) would clinically evaluate and may recommend suitable antipsychotic medications. Based on the observed therapeutic response or adverse effect of the drug, the GP may then refer you to a specialist, psychiatrist or counselor who can advise further on the medicines.


Q:  Is Alprazolam an antipsychotic?

A: Yes, Alprazolam is an antipsychotic; it is used to treat anxiety-related disorders caused by depression.

Q: How long does one need to take antipsychotic medicines?

A: Some people may need to take antipsychotics for a few weeks; some may need to use them long term, e.g., those who have schizophrenia.

Q: What happens if antipsychotics are stopped or discontinued?

A: After discontinuation, the symptoms usually return, this may not happen immediately, but over the course of 4-6 months.

Q: Are antipsychotics addictive?

A: Antipsychotics are not addictive. However, in order to discontinue taking them, a psychiatrist should be consulted, who would recommend reducing the dose gradually, or else it could lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Q: Is it safe to take antipsychotics while pregnant or when breastfeeding?

A: Antipsychotics are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, the risk-benefit analysis should be performed and documented before initiating the treatment.

Q: Which antipsychotic is most commonly prescribed?

A: The psychiatrist or specialist will prescribe the antipsychotic depending on the symptoms to be treated, the intensity of symptoms and other health-related problems. The effect of antipsychotics varies from individual to individual. Hence, the specialist will have to prescribe on a case by case basis.

Q: Are antipsychotic medicines available without a prescription?

A: No, antipsychotics are not available as over-the-counter drugs. The physician or psychiatrist needs to prescribe these.