Medicine: Antipsychotics

Making that Rx just right

Nothing has done as much to revolutionize treatment of serious mental illness as the development of drugs like Thorazine. Since their introduction about a generation ago, these powerful antipsychotics have freed tens of thousands of patients from the despair of mental institutions. Some patients have even resumed normal, useful lives. Yet as important as the miracle drugs have been, they are not without serious drawbacks.

Because the antipsychotics affect different patients in different ways, doctors can never be sure just how effective a particular agent or dosage will...

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