What are the anticholinergic side effects of antipsychotics used to manage schizophrenia?

Updated: Sep 17, 2020
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Anticholinergic side effects occur with most antipsychotics (though risperidone, aripiprazole, and ziprasidone are relatively free of them). Such effects include the following:

  • Dry mouth

  • Acute exacerbation of narrow- or closed-angle glaucoma (if undiagnosed or untreated)

  • Confusion

  • Decreased memory

  • Agitation

  • Visual hallucinations

  • Constipation


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