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What are the side effects of medications for schizophrenia?

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Medications can cause dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, stiffness on one side of your neck or jaw, restlessness, tremors in your hands and feet, and slurred speech. They also can lead to high blood sugar or cholesterol and other issues with your blood. A rare but serious side effect is a condition called tardive dyskinesia. This involves facial twitching, jerking and twisting of the limbs or trunk of the body, or both. It happens more often in older people.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

MedicineNet.com: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on November 25, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

MedicineNet.com: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on November 25, 2019

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