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What is the medication treatment for schizoaffective disorder?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Several different types of medications are used to treat schizoaffective disorder. When therapy is combined with medication treatment, people usually have the best prognosis. Antipsychotic medications can help to reduce the psychotic features of schizoaffective disorder. These antipsychotic drugs can help to reduce delusions, hallucinations, and paranoid thoughts.

Since depression and mania are often present with schizoaffective disorder, other medications may also be prescribed. Antidepressants are prescribed for people who have symptoms of depression along with psychosis. If a person with schizoaffective disorder has symptoms of mania or bipolar disorder, mood-stabilizers will likely be prescribed. These medicines help to balance the highs of mania and the lows of depression for people with schizoaffective disorder.

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