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What happens if the antipsychotic drug side effects are particularly troublesome?

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If antipsychotic drug side effects are particularly troublesome, your doctor may change medications or dosages, or sometimes add additional medicines to counteract side effects like weight gain or high blood lipids. The newer atypical antipsychotic medications seem to be much better tolerated, with fewer side effects such as movement disorders or drowsiness. But they require monitoring for weight and metabolic risks, which seem to be higher than with older-generation antipsychotics.

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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