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Antipsychotics and their side effects.


Antipsychotics and their side effects.

Gardner, David M. and Michael D. Teehan.

Cambridge U. Press


199 pages




Gardner and Teehan (both psychiatry, Dalhousie U., Canada) began compiling these guidelines for monitoring antipsychotic drugs just as the wave of enthusiasm for the second generation was flagging under the weight of publicly funded studies and clinical evidence that countered claims of the drug companies. Here they present those guidelines as a reference to help clinicians monitor people who are prescribed with the drugs. The side effects they describe include anticholinergic effects, extra-pyramidal symptoms, obesity and weight gain, sedation and sleep disturbance, sexual dysfunction, venous thromboembolism, and vital signs. A second section looks at monitoring recommendations for individual antipsychotics, among them clozapine, loxaprine, pericyazine, and thioridazine.

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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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