Is hyperprolactinemia 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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Hyperprolactinemia is an elevation of the hormone prolactin in the blood, caused by the lowering of dopamine. (Dopamine inhibits the release of prolactin from the pituitary.) It is associated with galactorrhea, gynecomastia, and osteoporosis. In women it is associated with amenorrhea, and in men it is associated with impotence.


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