A member 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 answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

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

Answered Feb 25, 2020



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Dr. Andrew Kaplan answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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.

Answered Nov 28, 2017



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