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What are the side effects of antipsychotics for schizophrenia?

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Older antipsychotics can affect sex drive, mood, and menstrual cycles. Newer ones can cause weight gain and trouble controlling blood sugar and cholesterol.

Both kinds can cause tardive dyskinesia, which makes certain muscles move uncontrollably.

Antipsychotics may also cause:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Restlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia,” “Mental Health Medications.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia Treatment & Management.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Medications.”

First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia,” “Mental Health Medications.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia Treatment & Management.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Medications.”

First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

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