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

  • Abilify
    (aripiprazole)
    Prescription only

    Abilify (aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. It's less likely to cause side effects than other antipsychotics.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
    • Injection
  • Aristada
    (aripiprazole lauroxil)
    Prescription only

    Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil) is good for schizophrenia, but you'll need to see your doctor every 4-6 weeks to get the injection.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • chlorpromazine
    Prescription only

    Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • Fanapt
    (iloperidone)
    Prescription only

    Fanapt (Iloperidone) is helpful for treating schizophrenia, but it can be expensive because it's only available as brand name.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • fluphenazine decanoate
    Prescription only

    Prolixin Decanoate (fluphenazine decanoate) is long-acting medicine for stabilizing your mood that must be given by a trained healthcare professional.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • 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?
    Men
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    Women
    44%
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • 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
  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    35%
    Women
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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
    • 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
  • loxapine
    Prescription only

    Loxitane (loxapine) is not recommended as a first choice medicine for treatment of schizophrenia, but it can be good if other medicines haven't worked because of bad side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • molindone
    Prescription only

    Moban (molindone) isn’t a recommended typical antipsychotic medicine because it can make you feel very sleepy compared to other similar medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • perphenazine
    Prescription only

    Trilafon (perphenazine) is a good medicine for schizophrenia, but it can make you gain weight.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Rexulti
    (brexpiprazole)
    Prescription only

    Rexulti (brexpiprazole) is an option for people with depression or schizophrenia but it can be more expensive than other medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
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    Women
    32%
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
    • Injection
  • Saphris
    (asenapine)
    Prescription only

    While Saphris (asenapine) has fewer side effects compared with other medicines that treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it can be more expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Dissolving pill
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • thioridazine
    Prescription only

    Taking Mellaril (thioridazine) is one of many options to treat schizophrenia if other medicines haven't worked, but there are some side effects which can be dangerous.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • thiothixene
    Prescription only

    Navane (thiothixene) isn't a first choice for treating schizophrenia because of the side effects, but it is cheaper than other medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Triavil
    (perphenazine / amitriptyline)
    Prescription only

    While Triavil (perphenazine / amitriptyline) can be used to treat people with depression, anxiety, and/or schizophrenia, the limited amount of available combinations makes it harder to customize the dosing.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • trifluoperazine
    Prescription only

    Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can be used to treat schizophrenia, but you might have trouble controlling your movements.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Zyprexa
    (olanzapine)
    Prescription only

    Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Injection

Medication side effects for Schizophrenia

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Anxiety.

  • Geodon: 2%
  • Rexulti: 8%
  • Latuda: 17%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Anxiety

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Anxiety

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?
  • listening to relaxation music
  • Stay busy to help keep yourself distracted to lessen auditory hallucinations and irritability.