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Other Psychotropic Medication

In addition to antipsychotic medications your doctor may prescribe other medications to help treat symptoms of your schizophrenia or other psychotic illnesses.  Some other commonly prescribed medications are listed below.  If you are receiving one of these medications discuss the reasons for use, dosage, side effects and potential drug interactions with your doctor and pharmacist.

1. Mood Stabilizers:  Mood stabilizers are often used to treat bipolar disorder.  They may also be used to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. They are often added to antipsychotic therapy. The following is a list of most commonly prescribed mood stabilizers.      
  • Lithium
  • Divalproex Sodium
  • Carbamazepine
  • Lamotrigine
2. Benzodiazepines:  Benzodiazepines can be used to treat many conditions. They can be used to help people sleep, to help with symptoms of anxiety and sometimes to help people feel calm. Discuss with your doctor why you are using benzodiazepines.  The following is a list of commonly prescribed benzodiazepines.
  • Lorazepam
  • Clonazepam
  • Alprazolam
  • Diazepam
3. Antidepressants:  Antidepressants are used to treat low mood. They can be used to treat major depressive disorder on their own.  However they may also be added to antipsychotic therapy to treat low mood in individuals with schizophrenia or other psychotic illnesses.  The following is a list of commonly prescribed antidepressants.
  • Citalopram
  • Escitalopram
  • Paroxetine
  • Fluoxetine
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Sertraline
  • Mirtazapine
  • Trazadone
  • Venlafaxine
  • Desvenlfaxine
  • Duloxetine
  • Vortioxetine
  • Amitryptyline
  • Nortriptyline
  • Clomipramine
  • Phenelzine
  • Moclobinide
  • Levomilnacipran