General issues for pharmacotherapy with antipsychotic medications?
-Has the patient been treated successfully in the past with an anti-psychotic drug?
-Is sedation needed to help manage this patient’s symptoms?
-The side effect profile of the drugs, the patient’s unique characteristics, and medical conditions
-Certain antipsychotic medications have more severe side effects than others
-The goal is to limit, minimize, and manage side effects so that the patient is able to tolerate the drug’s side effects