Biological therapies for schizophrenia: drug therapy

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  • Created on: 21-05-18 13:14

Typical antipsychotics
These have been around since the 1950s and include Chlorpromazine - there is a strong association between the use of typical antipsychotics and the dopamine hypothesis

  • Typical antipsychotics work by acting as antagonists in the dopamine system
  • Dopamine antagonists work by blocking dopamine receptors in the synapse of the brain, reducing the action of dopamine
  • According to the dopamine hypothesis, this dopamine-antagonist effect normalises neurotransmission in key areas of the brain, reducing symptoms like hallucinations

As well as having antipsychotic properties, Chlorpromazine is also an effective


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