What are psychotropic medications?
Psychotropic medications are ‘any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behaviour'
The three main classes of psychotropics prescribed are antidepressants, anxiolytic/hypnotics (mostly benzodiazepines to manage anxiety and insomnia) and antipsychotics. Other psychotropic classes include anticonvulsants and stimulants.
Because they affect the brain and mind, anti-dementia medication and opioids can be classed as psychotropic medication. When more than one psychotropic agent is used, especially in the elderly, the side effects and risks can be compounded.