Treatments and drugsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
However, a number of medications approved for the treatment of other mental health conditions also may be helpful for schizo-affective disorder. These medications include:
- Anti-psychotics. Doctors prescribe these medications to treat psychotic symptoms, such as delusions, paranoia and hallucinations. In addition to paliperidone (Invega), other antipsychotic medications that may be prescribed include clozapine (Clozaril), risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa) and haloperidol (Haldol).
- Mood-stabilizing medications. When the schizo-affective disorder is bipolar-type, mood stabilizers can level out the highs and lows of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. People with bipolar disorder have episodes of mania and depressed mood. Examples of mood stabilizers include lithium (Lithobid) and divalproex (Depakote). Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol, others) and valproate (Depacon) also may be used for their mood-stabilizing properties.
- Antidepressants. When depression is the underlying mood disorder, antidepressants can treat feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or difficulty with sleep and concentration. Common medications include citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac) and escitalopram (Lexapro).
- Schizo-affective disorder requires ongoing treatment and support. People with schizo-affective disorder may benefit from:
- Family support groups
- Peer and social connections and support
- Social skills training for work and school
- Assistance with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including self-care, regular physical activity and healthy eating.
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