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Deciding to use or not use antipsychotic medication as part of your recovery plan can be complex and difficult. You may revisit the decision over and over. This section provides information about some of the benefits and side effects of using antipsychotic medications as part of your overall recovery plan.


On the one hand, antipsychotic medications may help you manage distressing problems such as hearing voices. This may help you avoid a mental health crisis, and can help you keep things that are important to you such as a home, a job, or a family.


On the other hand, medications often have unwanted side effects and serious health risks. They do not work for everyone and for some, may make things worse.

Only you can decide whether the upside of using medication outweighs the downside.