Are There Any Side Effects of Schizophrenia Medication?

Q:
Are there any side effects of schizophrenia medication?

A:
Since antipsychotics are the main medications to treat schizophrenia, you should pay attention to their side effects.

While both older and newer antipsychotics can cause some bad effects, the traditional ones bear more risks than the new ones.

The following are the most common side effects of some antipsychotics:

  • Weight gain
  • Sexual problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Restlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Low white blood cell count

Besides, if you use the medications for a long time, more serious side effects could appear.

Be sure to consult your doctor while you’re taking antipsychotic medications. Also, you can talk to him about the side effects and work out with him for a best treatment plan.

If you are the family member or the friend of such patient, surrounding and encouraging him is also the key.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.