Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 October 2021
The psychopharmacology field is moving toward a mechanism-based nomenclature to replace outmoded descriptors of molecules with multiple pharmacological properties. In addition to publications covering these efforts [15–17], a Neuroscience-Based Nomenclature website was created (https://nbn2r.com) where one can download a free smartphone app, and which posts twice-yearly glossary updates in May and September. For the sake of simplicity, the term second-generation antipsychotic (SGA) will be used in this chapter, but the antipsychotics described herein have a range of pharmacologic properties, and a wide variety of kinetic profiles. Moreover, with the exception of transdermal asenapine and cariprazine, the SGAs presented in this chapter represent a group that are generally available worldwide.