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Anticholinergic Effects Of Antipsychotics
Answer: There are a few medications to try to control the side effects off the antipsychotic medications. Cogentin (benztropine) works well and is well tolerated ...Read more
These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more
Depends on how used: Almost every medication have side effects some more serious than others. Depending on the use, any medication can be safe or unsafe. Antipsychotic medications have serious side effects and should only be prescribed by those who understand and can manage their benefits and risks. When used in this manner, the safety of any medication can be improved. ...Read more
Side-effects: Depends on the antipsychotic. Common side-effects are short-term & are manageable. Rare ones occur late & are more difficult to manage. Discuss details with your doctor. ...Read more
Why?: I am not sure why you would want to cause psychosis, but for people who are prone to psychosis many things can cause or increase psychotic symptoms. Cocaine and methamphetamine frequently cause paranoia, hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP, etc cause hallucinations. Even marijuana can cause psychotic sxs for some ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: It sounds like you are referring to typical antipsychotics. They do have some severe side effects including the dreaded tardive dyskinesia that will produce potentially permanent increases in purposeless movements. There are newer antipsychotics with lower incidences of severe side effects so I would talk to your prescribing physician about the possibility a better choice. Stay safe! ...Read more
Do I really need to keep taking this antipsychotic if I'm feeling ok and have had bad side effects from it?
Antipsychotic: I would not advise stopping the medicine without consulting your doctor. Talk to your doctor about medications to combat the side-effects. ...Read more
Antipsychotics really hampered my strength inthegym is their one out there that has no effects on muscle strength? Feels like a chemical straitjacket
Antipsychotics: I don't know which medications you've been using, since you haven't shared that information. Older antipsychotics (haldol, stelazine, etc) are more likely to cause slower movements and stiffness, which may feel like your strength is hampered. Newer medications like risperdal, seroquel, abilify, latuda, (lurasidone) etc at lower dose may be less likely to result in these symptoms -- but at high dose, can. ...Read more
Can one expect long term side effects if they don't wean off antipsychotics at a very slow rate or is this the case for only some people?
Antipsychotic weanin: Quick stopping of antipsychotics may produce immediate and short term problems. There is usually no long term issue. ...Read more
Does caffiene decrease the effects of an antipsychotic? I asked cola earlier and drs focused on the sugar when I was asking about the caffiene.
Some antipsychotics: It depends on the antipsychotic, and what liver pathways are needed to process it. Caffeine can be both an inhibitor and an inducer of liver cytochrome 1a2 -- an enzyme which metabolizes the antipsychotic clozapine. In some cases, large doses of caffeine have competed with Clozapine for the needed enzyme -- resulting in greater Clozapine side effects. Zyprexa (olanzapine) could be affected similarly. ...Read more
They differ: Citalopram, or generic celexa, (citalopram) is an ssri which can have side effects of decreased sex drive, urinary incontinence, dizziness or headache. It can also cause a prolonged qt. Antipsychotics have differing side effects depending on which type of antipsyhotic one takes. Most can cause parkinsonian type motor side effects at higher doses. Talk to your doctor if you have questions. ...Read more
Depends on SE: Several medications are used with Haldol (haloperidol) to reduce side effects. Most commonly, the biggest problem is what are call eprs (extrapyramical resactions). Anticholinergics are highly beneficial, and a commonly used one is benztropine (cogentin). Agitation also sometimes occurs as a side-effect, and a benzodizaapine such as Lorazepam (ativan) can help with that. ...Read more
Can I take procyclidine if I have akathisia from antipsychotics? Is there any bad side things side effects about it?
Other options tried?: Procyclidine is used for the treatment of drug induced Parkinsonism and to reduce side effects of akathisia secondary to antipsychotic use. Side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention, constipation, palpitations, and CNS effects. You list Klonopin, (clonazepam) which can be used to help subjective distress. There are other options available that may have less of a side effect burden. ...Read more
Yes, but: Most withdrawal effects will lessen or go away with time but if they are bothersome, talk to you prescriber. S/he may have some suggestions to lessen the symptoms or may choose to withdraw the drug slowly or may be able to help in other ways. Also, the symptoms may not be from the withdrawal at all but be new developing problems that may need treatment of their own. ...Read more
I have been on different antipsychotics gained weight when off it I lose weight. I will be getting lapband to reduce intake what are side effects?
There are many: The most common are nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, constipation and abdominal pain, but there are many others that are related to malfunction of the hardware (either the band or the attached port) or known complications of any laparoscopic surgery. Your best bet is to review your concerns with your respective surgeon. ...Read more
Can taking antipsychotics, ssri's, and benzodiazepines wreak havoc on your body from unintended side effects? This is being on them and stopping them.
Yes.: There are side-effects to all the meds mentioned and you should be told them before you take them. ...Read more
Have researchers discovered some vitamins that can help counteract some of the side effects of antipsychotic drugs?
Maybe maybe not:
You should discuss this with your psychiatrist
having a good vit d level at >50 and < 100 would not likely hurt anything. ...Read more
Is it better to let a paranoid schizophrenic go untreated if the symptoms are mild. Because the side effects of antipsychotic medicine are too much?
Paranoid schizophren: It is much better to be under treatment for paranoid schizophrenia by a psychiatrist who can diagnosis and treat this illness. ...Read more
Does muscle tenseness from antipsychotics go away after they are stopped? Do all other side effects go away or is the brain rewired retaining effects
Usually goes away: Tenseness from antipsychotic medications usually does go away when the antipsychotic is stopped; but if the antipsychotic is still needed, then an additional medication like benztropine can be helpful for the side effect. Switching to a different antipsychotic like Abilify (aripiprazole) might also help since it is less likely to cause tenseness and other side effects than other antipsychotic medications. ...Read more
Can venlafaxine cause extrapyramidial effects such as making my right side of face twitch or is it just antipsychotics that do that? Confused.
Yes, SSRIs all can:
It's complex and you may not want all the info here but if you do: https://ptcommunity. Com/journal/article/full/2016/2/115/do-ssri-antidepressants-increase-risk-extrapyramidal-side-effects
Simply, there are connections in all transmitter chemicals and dopamine can be inhibited by SSRI action. ...Read more
Do antipsychotics & antidepressants have brain changing effects even after they are gone out of system? I feel like I not myself after they are gone
Those medications do have withdrawal instructions. It may take a few weeks to get back to normal.
Not every doctor follows decreasing doses so you may be more sensitive to the medication effects.
Take it easy and your body will get back to its best.
Should you still not feel good get a physical, labs and follow up to see if there is another reason for your symptoms. ...Read more
Should elderly take benztropine to help with td (mouth movements) side effects of antipsychotics?
Maybe: Tardive dyskinesia (td) is an unfortunate side effect of long term treatment with antipsychotics. Benztropine may help with the tremors, but generally is poorly tolerated in the elderly due to sedation, confusion, constipation, etc. It is usually avoided if possible in the elderly. ...Read more
Do the side effects of antipsychotic use (quetiapine) eventually go away after discontinuing? (uncontrolled mouth movements in elderly)
Please: See your psychiatrist. The side effects you're referring to tardive dyskinesia can be treated pharmacologically. However there isn't a concrete answer regarding if this will remit if medication is discontinued. As always don't cease any medication abruptly and talk to the prescriber. ...Read more
Would clozaril be a good antipsychotic for paranoid schizophrenia I had in the past? Schiz in remission because of zyprexa (olanzapine) but don't like side effects
Clozaril (clozapine): Is an atypical antipsychotic approved for use in treatment-resistant schizophrenia & is also used off-label to treat bipolar disorders. It is very effective as long as close monitoring of white blood cell count is done routinely. Some reported side-effects are seizures, myocarditis, agranulocytosis, diabetes, weight gain. It is not indicated if seizures, liver disease or low blood count. ...Read more
Is there any antipsychotic without many side effects? Fear withdrawals too. Insomnia akathisia muscle weakness joint pain all present previous antipsy
Antipsychotic: Withdrawal is hardly ever brought up when new agents hit the market, but one sees it with all the atypicals. Some. Lets say, are worse than others but the symptoms typically abate within a week or so. I'm going to research this a bit further over the weekend, This is a great question. ...Read more
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