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What's the best way to treat antipsychotics, such as risperidone, anticholinergic effects?

What's the best way to treat antipsychotics, such as risperidone, anticholinergic effects?

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

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Dr. John Moranville
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Antipsychotics (Definition)

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


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What's the best way to treat antipsychotics (such as risperidone) anticholinergic effects?

What's the best way to treat antipsychotics (such as risperidone) anticholinergic effects?

Extrapyramidol: I guess that this is what you're referring to, rather than "anticholinergic." But there is no single best way. There are a number of medicines that can be taken, including some anticholinergic medicines. But it is an individualized decision. ...Read more

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Are antipsychotics safe medications? What are the side effects?

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

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How common, and how serious are the side effects of using antipsychotics?

How common, and how serious are the side effects of using antipsychotics?

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

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Which drugs have the opposite effects of antipsychotics?

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

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What are common side effects of antipsychotic drugs?

No simple answer: There are many different antipsychotic medications with different side effects. Side effects can range from weight gain, sedation, weight loss, sleep problems, movement disorders, dry mouth and many other possibilities. ...Read more

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I'm concerned because the classical antipsychotic drugs produce side effects?

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

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Do I really need to keep taking this antipsychotic if I'm feeling ok and have had bad side effects from it?

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

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Antipsychotics really hampered my strength inthegym is their one out there that has no effects on muscle strength? Feels like a chemical straitjacket

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

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Wanted to know if antipsychotics lessen the effects of meth?

Wanted to know if antipsychotics lessen the effects of meth?

Psychosis: If you have methamphetamine induced psychosis then yes they can help. Addicts also use these medications to induce sleep as many are very sedating. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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

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What are the side effects of citalopram and antipsychotic medication?

What are the side effects of citalopram and antipsychotic medication?

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

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What is a medication that decreases the side effects of haldol, (haloperidol) an antipsychotic?

What is a medication that decreases the side effects of haldol, (haloperidol) an antipsychotic?

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

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Can I take procyclidine if I have akathisia from antipsychotics? Is there any bad side things side effects about it?

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

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Does withdrawal effects from antipsychotic s like myalgia and parathesia get better over time?

Does withdrawal effects from antipsychotic s like myalgia and parathesia get better over time?

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

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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?

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

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Have researchers discovered some vitamins that can help counteract some of the side effects of antipsychotic drugs?

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

Anticholinergic (Definition)

Most drugs have some anticholinergic qualities, which means they interfere with the normal function ...Read more