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I have some of the similarities, but I'm not sure why they are different. I'm also not sure what they are looking for on my assignment. Says compare and contrast so that tells me similarities and differences, but not what kind.
You will be looking up medications for the rest of your working life, especially in the first 5 or so years of practice. This assignment is to get you started with those skills. So.... what did you find out? Tell us!
Pay attention to the mechanism of action, uses, pharmacokenetics, half-life, and how they are eliminated. Think of it as 2 different drugs for 2 different people. Both have a specific way of affecting the brain and both cause different symptoms and side effect. Ask why they are being used, and find out which drug is going to positively affect their lives... aka....what's the end game? They are taking this drug for what? How will the pt get better after taking this drug. Does the drug react in the way the doc wants.? These drugs are prescribed to treat a medical diagnosis. How do you know if the drug has been effective? (evaluation)
Let me give you an example. As you have probably learned, there are positive & negative symptoms associated with the disorders these drugs treat, such as hallucinations & anhedonia, respectively. Clozapine works well on the positive Sx, but not so well on the negative Sx. I believe abilify has more efficacy when it comes to treating the negative Sx.