Mental health disorders

Schizophrenia

About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious brain illness. People who have it may hear voices that aren't there. They may think other people are trying to hurt them. Sometimes they don't make sense when they talk. The disorder makes it hard for them to keep a job or take care of themselves.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia
  • Positive symptoms: Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren't there), delusions (beliefs that aren't true), trouble organizing thoughts, and strange movements
  • "Negative" symptoms: Difficulty showing emotions and functioning normally, depression, withdrawing
  • Cognitive problems including trouble using information, making decisions, and paying attention

Top Medications for Schizophrenia according to our users

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All Medications for Schizophrenia

  • Antipsychotic > Atypical

    • Abilify
      (Aripiprazole)
      Prescription only

      Abilify (Aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. Less likely to cause side effects than any other antipsychotic, but has a risk of suicidal thoughts for people age 24 and younger.Will Abilify work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
      • Injection
    • Invega
      (Paliperidone)
      Prescription only

      Invega (Paliperidone) is good for treating psychosis and improving mood. It's more likely to cause hormone problems than other antipsychotics.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release
      • Injection
    • Risperdal
      (Risperidone)
      Prescription only

      Risperdal (Risperidone) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and irritability. Among newer antipsychotic medicines, more likely to cause side effects, especially weight gain and hormone problems.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
      • Injection
    • Seroquel
      (Quetiapine)
      Prescription only

      Seroquel (Quetiapine) is good for treating psychosis and mania. Fewer side effects than most antipsychotics, but might be less effective for people over age 40 with schizophrenia.Will Seroquel work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
    • Zyprexa
      (Olanzapine)
      Prescription only

      Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation. More likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Injection
  • Antipsychotic > 2nd generation

    • Clozaril
      (Clozapine)
      Prescription only

      Clozaril (Clozapine) treats schizophrenia when other drugs haven't worked, but you'll have to get blood work done regularly and might gain weight.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
    • Geodon
      (Ziprasidone)
      Prescription only

      Geodon (Ziprasidone) treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and causes fewer side effects than similar medicines. It’s not a good choice if you have heart problems.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Injection
    • Latuda
      (Lurasidone)
      Prescription only

      Latuda (Lurasidone) is good for treating schizophrenia and depression related to bipolar disorder. It's less likely to cause weight gain, cholesterol, blood sugar, and heart rhythm problems.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antipsychotic > Typical

    • Haldol
      (Haloperidol)
      Prescription only

      Haldol (Haloperidol) is okay for treating psychosis and agitation. It's less likely to cause weight gain than other antipsychotics, but it's more likely to cause other bad side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Injection
  • Antigout > Xanthine oxidase inhibitor

Medication side effects for Schizophrenia

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abnormally fast heart beat.

  • Geodon: 2%
  • Risperdal: 11%
  • Zyprexa: 25%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abnormally fast heart beat

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abnormally fast heart beat

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Schizophrenia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • listen to as much music as you can
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • listening to relaxation music
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Stay busy to help keep yourself distracted to lessen auditory hallucinations and irritability.
  • listening to relaxation music