Antipsychotic Drugs: Classification, Pharmacology and Long-Term Health Effects

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Antipsychotics are a class of psychiatric medications primarily used to manage psychosis symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, or disordered thought. This book discusses the classification, pharmacology and long-term health effects of antipsychotic drugs. Chapter One provides definitions, boundaries, and misconceptions of treatment adherence in psychotic disorders. Chapter Two studies pharmacopore and metabolic disturbances of atypical antipsychotic drugs.

Chapter Three reviews recent human and animal studies showing anti-inflammatory effects of existing antipsychotic drugs, emphasizes recent clinical trials with some antiinflammatory drugs including aspirin, celecoxib, minocycline, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), and offers theoretic explanations for roles of neuroinflammation in schizophrenia. Chapter Four addresses the aetiology, associations and types of sexual problems in patients on long-term antipsychotic medications.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Preface

Chapter 1
Long-Acting Antipsychotics: The Facts and the Myths from Symptoms Management to Targeted Treatment
(Alessandro De Risio, NSH Health Trust No. 10 “Veneto Orientale”, Unit of Psychiatry of Portogruaro, Portogruaro, Venezia, Italy)

Chapter 2
Pharmacopore and Metabolic Disturbances of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs
(Takahiko Nagamine, Division of Psychiatric Internal Medicine, Ishii Memorial Hospital, Iwakuni city, Yamaguchi, Japan)

Chapter 3
Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Antipsychotics and Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Strategies in Schizophrenia
(Haiyun Xu, Qingjun Huang, The Mental Health Center, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou city, Guangdong province, China)

Chapter 4
Sexual Dysfunction in Patients on Antipsychotic Medication: Understanding Aetiology to Inform Treatment
(Gaurav Kumar, Soumitra Shankar Datta, Debjani Das, Ajit Kumar, Rajesh Jacob, Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India, and others)

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