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How can electroconvulsive therapy help with treating neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)?

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If medications don't help, your doctor might try electroconvulsive therapy. During this treatment, you’re asleep and pain-free. A small electric current travels through your brain to trigger a seizure. This won’t hurt you, and it should help your symptoms.

NMS usually gets better in 1 to 2 weeks. After recovery, most people can start taking antipsychotic medicine again. Your doctor might switch you to a different drug.

NMS can come back after you’re treated. Your doctor will closely check for any signs of it.

SOURCES:

Kateon, H. , published online September 2013. Mental Health Clinician

Merck Manual Professional Version: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Page."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

OrphaNet: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Kateon, H. , published online September 2013. Mental Health Clinician

Merck Manual Professional Version: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Page."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

OrphaNet: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

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