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Matthew E. Peters, M.D., Sujin Lee Weinstein, Pharm.D.,BCPP, Paul M. Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
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  • A class of drugs, also known as antipsychotics, primarily used to treat psychosis (i.e., hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder)
  • The word neuroleptic is derived from the Greek words for nerve and affecting (leptikos, which means seizing).
    • The neuroleptics were originally understood to reduce the intensity of nerve function.
    • They used to be called major tranquillizers.

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Last updated: December 9, 2014


Peters, Matthew E, et al. "Neuroleptics." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2014. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787135/all/Neuroleptics.
Peters ME, Weinstein SL, Kim PM. Neuroleptics. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2014. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787135/all/Neuroleptics. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Peters, M. E., Weinstein, S. L., & Kim, P. M. (2014). Neuroleptics. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787135/all/Neuroleptics
Peters ME, Weinstein SL, Kim PM. Neuroleptics [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2014. [cited 2019 August 18]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787135/all/Neuroleptics.
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