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What are common side effects from antipsychotic medications for schizophrenia treatment?

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These are some of the more common side effects of antipsychotic medications:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness when you change positions
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Skin rash
  • Menstrual problems
  • Problems with sex
  • Enlarged breasts

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Antipsychotic Medicines for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder."

UpToDate: "Pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia: Long-acting injectable antipsychotic drugs."

HelpGuide.org: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Recovery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Introduction: Mental Health Medications and Tardive Dyskinesia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on November 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Antipsychotic Medicines for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder."

UpToDate: "Pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia: Long-acting injectable antipsychotic drugs."

HelpGuide.org: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Recovery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Introduction: Mental Health Medications and Tardive Dyskinesia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on November 25, 2019

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