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A 33-year-old male asked:

What basic considerations should a patient taking antipsychotics have regarding its diet/nutrition? (very interested in nutritional psychiatry)

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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Diet/nutrition: Hi, great question! If the antipsychotics are for schizophrenia, here's an article on nutritional considerations: http://www.nutritionmd.org/health_care_providers/psychiatric/schizophrenia_nutrition.html. Generally speaking, weight gain is common on these medications so being under the guidance of a nutritionist is a great place to start. Hope this is helpful. Take good care
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Significant: Most antipsychotics now prescribed (atypicals) carry large risks of wt gain and cholesterol problems. This means most patients I prescribe these drugs to will gain weight and have dyslipidemia. Eat and exercise accordingly.
Last updated Feb 25, 2020

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