antipsychotic

noun
an·​ti·​psy·​chot·​ic | \ˌan-tē-sī-ˈkä-tik \

Definition of antipsychotic 

: any of the powerful tranquilizers (such as the phenothiazines and butyrophenones) used especially to treat psychosis and believed to act by blocking dopamine nervous receptors

called also neuroleptic

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The medications include antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and others. Anna Gorman, Washington Post, "Use Of Psychiatric Drugs Soars In California Jails," 8 May 2018 Seroquel was then known to be associated with sudden cardiac death when used with certain drugs, and several antipsychotics similar to Seroquel also had a record of cardiac fatalities. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Army doctors had been giving him a cocktail of medicines that included quetiapine, a top-selling antipsychotic from AstraZeneca sold under the name Seroquel. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Lobotomies for ulcerative colitis, and for mental illness, were halted in the late 1950s because of outrage at the barbarity of the procedure and the emergence of new drugs — antipsychotics for mental illness and corticosteroids for colitis. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 These accidental bactericides included proton-pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (used to treat acid reflux), calcium-channel blockers (to lower blood pressure), antihistamines, painkillers and antipsychotics. The Economist, "Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance," 19 Mar. 2018 Laib ran out of medication treating her depression — Zoloft, an antidepressant, and Seroquel, an antipsychotic — a few days before her death. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Uber driver who killed herself battled depression, her insurance carrier," 8 May 2018 Under these circumstances, veterinarians may turn to such medications as acepromazine — a medication similar to chlorpromazine, the first antipsychotic widely used in humans — to help sedate aggressive pets. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, "Does your pooch really need Prozac?," 28 Apr. 2018 Tranquilizers, sedatives, sleeping pills, antidepressants, antipsychotics, diuretics and blood pressure medications may all increase your risk of falling. Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN, "Aging gracefully: Preventing falls," 19 Apr. 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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antipsychotic

adjective
an·​ti·​psy·​chot·​ic | \ˌant-i-sī-ˈkät-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- \

Medical Definition of antipsychotic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, being, or involving the use of an antipsychotic antipsychotic drugs

antipsychotic

noun

Medical Definition of antipsychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of the powerful tranquilizers (as the phenothiazines or butyrophenones) used especially to treat psychosis and believed to act by blocking dopamine nervous receptors

called also neuroleptic

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