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What symptoms are older antipsychotic medicines likely to cause, compared to newer ones, when part of schizophrenia treatment?

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Older antipsychotics are more likely to cause side effects such as:

  • Stiffness in arms and legs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Tremors
  • Restlessness or pacing
  • Very slow movements
  • Changes in breathing and heart rate

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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