Antipsychotics are a class of drugs used commonly to treat psychotic disorders -- conditions in which thinking can be irrational, and people have false beliefs (delusions) or perceptions (hallucinations) -- and sometimes to treat mood disorders such as bipolar disorder or major depression. Different antipsychotics vary in their side effects, and some people have more trouble with certain side effects than with others. The doctor can change medications or dosages to help minimize unpleasant side effects. A drawback to some antipsychotic medications is their potential to cause sedation and problems with involuntary movements as well as weight gain and changes in blood sugar or cholesterol, which require periodic laboratory monitoring.
A five year project to increase access to medicines in 15 African countries ends this month with some important achievements but also many challenges ahead. The EC/ACP/WHO Renewed Partnership project began in 2012 with EUR 10 million funding from the European Commission to build stronger pharmaceutical systems in 15 African countries. It brought about many improvements, such as greater availability of child-friendly medicines, particularly for HIV, TB and malaria, faster time to registration for some vital medicines, and some progress towards universal health coverage (. coverage of health expenses for the whole community).