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What medications are offered for paranoid schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The most common medications prescribed to treat paranoid schizophrenia include antipsychotic medications. These drugs are the treatment of choice for other forms of schizophrenia as well. There are two types of antipsychotic medications:

• Typical antipsychotics (also called first-generation antipsychotics)
• Atypical antipsychotics (known as second-generation medications)

Both types of antipsychotics are effective in treating the hallucinations, delusions, and other symptoms caused by paranoid schizophrenia. However, antipsychotic medications do cause side effects. Some of these side effects can be intolerable. If this is the case, your doctor may choose to adjust your dose or form of medication. At times, people with paranoid schizophrenia who also have mood symptoms, like anxiety and depression, take additional medicines. These include anti-anxiety drugs, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants.

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