What are the possible side effects of antipsychotics?
Antipsychotics have many side effects (or adverse events) and risks. The FDA lists the following side effects of antipsychotic medicines:
•Weight gain (the risk is higher with some atypical antipsychotic medicines)
•Uncontrollable movements, such as tics and tremors (the risk is higher with typical antipsychotic medicines)
A low number of white blood cells, which fight infectionsA person taking an atypical antipsychotic medication should have his or her weight, glucose levels, and lipid levels monitored regularly by a trained Psychiatric Health Provider.
Typical antipsychotic medications can also cause additional side effects related to physical movement, such as:
•Persistent muscle spasms
Long-term use of typical antipsychotic medications may lead to a condition called tardive dyskinesia (TD). TD causes muscle movements, commonly around the mouth, that a person can’t control. TD can range from mild to severe, and in some people, the problem cannot be cured. Sometimes people with TD recover partially or fully after they stop taking typical antipsychotic medication. People who think that they might have TD should check with their doctor or PA before stopping their medication. TD rarely occurs while taking atypical antipsychotics.
Antipsychotics may cause other side effects that are not included in this list above. To report any serious adverse effects associated with the use of these medicines, please contact the FDA MedWatch program . For more information about the risks and side effects for antipsychotic medications, please visit Drugs@FDA .