What are the adverse effects of antipsychotic drugs used to manage schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The first-generation antipsychotic drugs tend to cause extrapyramidal adverse effects and elevated prolactin levels. The second-generation drugs are more likely to cause weight gain and abnormalities in glucose and lipid control; in addition, they are often more expensive than the first-generation drugs.


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