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What are common side effects of antipsychotic drugs?

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Many side effects of antipsychotic drugs are mild and many go away after the first few weeks of treatment. Common side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness when changing positions
  • Decrease in sexual interest or ability
  • Problems with menstrual periods
  • Skin rashes or skin sensitivity to the sun
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Restlessness and pacing
  • Slowing down of movement and speech
  • Shuffling walk
  • Menstrual irregularities in women

From: Drugs to Treat Mental Illness WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: ''Mental Health Medications.'' 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: ''Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.'' 

Jose, M. July 15, 1993. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: ''Mental Health Medications.'' 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: ''Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.'' 

Jose, M. July 15, 1993. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 20, 2017

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