Psychosis is a serious mental health condition. It is when a person cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Antipsychotic medications help manage symptoms of psychosis. They work by changing brain chemistry to help reduce symptoms like hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking. There are two types of antipsychotic medication, typical and atypical. Both are commonly used and come in the form of tablets, liquid, or as injections. They can only be prescribed by your GP or mental health specialist.
Your GP will talk to you about your options. They will give you the medication which is best for you. Your GP may also talk to you about how long the medication will take to work and the side effects. Your GP will also talk to you about how these medications work with others you might be taking.
Your GP will want to see you again for a check-up within two weeks of your first visit to see how you are. They will ask you about any side effects and may change your treatment if it’s not working well for you.