First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness
Introduction to First-Generation and Second-Generation Antipsychotics (1 of 4)
Antipsychotics can be classified into two categories, based on the timeline of their development, pharmacology, and anticipated adverse effects profiles. The groups are the typical antipsychotics, also called conventional or first generation, and the atypical antipsychotics, also called second generation. The first-generation antipsychotics were the first successful pharmacological treatments for primary psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
- Abou-Setta AM, Mousavi SS, Spooner C, et al. First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 63 (Prepared by the University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10021). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 12-EHC054-EF. Available at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/antipsychotics-adult.cfm.
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