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Who is more likely to get neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)?

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NMS is more common in men than in women. You're also more likely to get it if you:

  • Take a high dose of the drug
  • Quickly increase your dose
  • Get the medicine as a shot
  • Switch from one antipsychotic drug to another

SOURCES:

Kateon, H. , published online September 2013. Mental Health Clinician

Merck Manual Professional Version: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Page."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

OrphaNet: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Kateon, H. , published online September 2013. Mental Health Clinician

Merck Manual Professional Version: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Page."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

OrphaNet: "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

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