All About Schizoaffective Disorder


Schizoaffective is a disorder with psychotic features just like schizophrenia. The difference here it is accompanies a mood disorder like depression or bipolar.

A Schizoaffective disorder diagnoses is a mental illness that is even less common than schizophrenia. At approximately 0.5% of the world population suffering.

Schizoaffective is more difficult to treat with psychiatric medications. They combine different medications to alleviate symptoms.

Let’s take a look at the medications used for schizoaffective disorder.

Antipsychotics for
Schizoaffective Disorder

Antipsychotic medications are prescribed for psychotic disorders including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. They are also used for people with autism.

They work on chemicals in the brain that can affect psychosis, such as serotonin and dopamine.

These medications take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for symptoms like hallucinations and delusions to improve.

Typical or first generation Antipsychotics include:

Chlorpromazine / Thorazine
Haloperidol / Haldol
Perphenazine / Trilafon
Fluphenazine / Prolixin

Atyical or second generation antipsychotics are newer and thought to cause less side effects. These include:

Aripiprazole / Abilify
Risperidone / Risperdal
Clozapine / Clozaril
Olanzapine / Zyprexa
Paliperidone / Invega Sustenna
Quetiapine / Seroquel
Brexpiprazole / Rexulti
Cariprazine / Vyralar

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May Come with Side Effects

Some Side effect profiles for antipsychotic medications include:

Blurred Vision
Dry Mouth
Weight Gain
Tardive Dyskinesia
Sexual Problems
Low Blood Pressure
Low White Blood Cell Count

SSRI’s for
Schizoaffective Disorder

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants. The work on the brain to inhibit the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This is thought to increase levels of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is involved with happiness and mood.

SSRI’s include:

fluoxetine / Prozac
sertraline / Zoloft
citalopram / Celexa
escitalopram / Lexapro
paroxetine / Paxil
fluvoxamine / Luvox

May Come with Side Effects

Common side effects of SSRI’s include nausea, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, akathisia, restlessness, tremors and shaky limbs, as well as sexual problems.

Mood Stabilizers
for Schizoaffective Disorder

These medications are prescribed to people suffering from mood swings, very high, euphoric moods, to dropping down to low depressed moods.

Mood stabilizers treat mania, hypo-mania and/or depression.

All mood stabilizers work for different affected moods. Such as lithium helps with mania, and Lamictal helps get rid of the depressive side of disorders like bipolar II.

Some mood stabilizers include:







May Come with Side Effects

Some side effects may occur when starting a mood stabilizer. These may include losing your hair, rashes on your skin, nausea, weight gain, tremors, liver damage, kidney damage, sexual problems, diarrhea and more.

Read this article about the use of Anti-psychotic Management of Schizoaffective Disorder.