Q. Can antipsychotics be taken as precaution?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Jan 15, 2020

Hello doctor,

I would really like to try LSD just as a matter of curiosity, I am aware of all the risks and side effects as well as having no known history of mental illness in my family and I am a happy person with no depression or anything like that. While I believe the risk for me personally to be very low I would still like to be safe hence my question. Do you think if I went to my GP and told them what I wanted to do, do you think there is a chance of even getting 1 pill of an antipsychotic to kill the effects in case things go downhill. Obviously I know the best thing is to not do it at all but if you had a patient come to you and ask you what would you say?

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry


Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have raised a very interesting query. Well done for seeking information on safety. I see that you are keen on experimenting with LSD and knowing the risks involved you want to make an informed decision. LSD trips/psychdelic experiences by using street drugs are unpredictable and difficult to speculate the outcome. Hence it is not advisable to try it. It is highly unlikely your GP or any other doctor will prescribe an antipsychotic prophylactically just incase you have a bad trip. Antipsychotics are powerful medication and can cause side effects on their own, so needs to be used with caution when necessary after appropriate examination. Moreover, if you develop any altered mental state that persists after using LSD you will need a proper medical evaluation.

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