Is dystonia a possible adverse effect of antipsychotic therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Dystonia consists of painful and frightening muscle cramps, which affect the head and neck but may extend to the trunk and limbs. Dystonia usually occurs within 12-48 hours of the beginning of treatment or an increase in dose. Muscular young men are typically affected.


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