What is the difference between 1st generation and 2nd generation anti psychotics? What is the difference between an anti psychotic and a mood stabilizer?
Just studied this recently. The primary difference is in the specificity of the 2nd gen anti-psychotics; They are a lot more specific than 1st gen anti-psychotics.What is the difference between 1st generation and 2nd generation anti psychotics? What is the difference between an anti psychotic and a mood stabilizer?
lol, shows what I know. I just assumed your doc wouldn't prescribe a first generation drug Who knows? I'd just ask him/her. Have you already tried a second-generation antipsychotic with little effect? That would be a reason why, but as far as how the drugs work, I don't know the details.Thanks for your reply. I did research the medications but wanted someone that had experience with the meds. My doc prescribed a first generation anti psychotic for me. I was just curious why.
OMG! I AM REALLY NUTS! I am going down in bi polar history!!!!!!!! :blankI think the 1st gen ones are mostly reserved for severe / treatment-resistant cases of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.. Their side-effects render them an option best avoided if at all possible. It's the kind of thing they give to psychotic crackheads for some time out in the loony bin...
Your doc probably has a compelling reason to use them, but if it was me I'd want to be 100% sure they were the only option before embarking down a road that can potentially lead to permanent disfigurement (due to tardive dyskinesia) and other side-effects such as depression (sometimes severe enough to result in suicide).