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Why does my doctor have to check my weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol if I'm taking a newer antipsychotic medicine to treat schizophrenia?

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Newer antipsychotic drugs are more likely to lead to weight gain. This can make you more likely to get diabetes and high cholesterol. For this reason, your doctor should regularly check your weight, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels. Stay in close contact with your doctor about how you feel, and let her know about any side effects. There may be a way to stop or at least ease them.

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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