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What complications can happen from medications for schizophrenia?

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A rare but life-threatening issue that can be caused by neuroleptic (antipsychotic, tranquilizing) drugs is a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome. It involves very rigid muscles, sweatiness, more saliva than usual, and fever. Get medical help right away if you take those type of drugs and have these symptoms.

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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