Several medications are useful for the treatment of psychosis and other related conditions. These medications are also used for treatment of mood, anxiety, eating and disruptive behaviour disorders. Sometimes these medications are called neuroleptics, first-generation or typical antipsychotics and second-generation or atypical antipsychotics.
Below you will find information sheets on each of these medications, as well as some resource guides and an antipsychotic monitoring form for families. Use the antipsychotic monitoring form to help you and your doctor monitor how well this medication is working is working for your child, and also to measure any side effects your child may be experiencing.
Metabolic side effects can sometimes occur in children and youth who are taking second-generation antipsychotic medications (or SGAs). SGAs are a type of medication used to treat several mental health conditions.
Metabolic side effects of SGA medications can include:
- weight gain (especially around the belly)
- high blood sugar
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol levels
- high triglyceride levels
If three or more of these occur together, this is called metabolic syndrome.
If your child has been put on a second generation antipsychotic, you can find more information in the Patient and Family Guide to Second Generation Antipsychotics.