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Antipsychotic: Side Effects

Antipsychotic: Side Effects

  • Anticholinergic effects
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea; gastrointestinal upset
  • Hyperglycemia/diabetes
  • Skin rash
  • Increased risk of mortality in elderly clients with dementia
  • Sedation
  • Reduction in seizure threshold
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Agranulocytosis
  • Photosensitivity
  • Extrapyramidal symptoms
  • Hormonal effects
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Electrocardiogram changes
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Hypersalivation
  • Weight gain

Antipsychotics: Extrapyramidal symptoms

  • Pseudoparkinsonism
  • Akinesia
  • Akathisia
  • Dystonia
  • Oculogyric crisis
    • Antiparkinsonian agents may be prescribed to counteract E P S.