|Title:||Preventing side effects of antipsychotic medications|
|Abstract:||<p>Antipsychotic medications are commonly used for several psychiatric conditions. Both first generation antipsychotic (FGA) medications and second generation antipsychotic (SGA) medications are associated with a variety of side effects that often jeopardise treatment and the quality of life of the patients receiving the medications. The side effects often lead to poor treatment adherence and ultimately relapse of the psychiatric illness for which they were prescribed. In the real world, often the potential side effects dictate the choice of medications more than other factors like clinical efficacy. Various risk factors for specific side effects are now known. This article focuses on the strategies that a clinician may use to predict and prevent at least some of the side effects like extra pyramidal symptoms, cardiac side effects, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemia and sexual dysfunctions in high risk patients. Primary and secondary preventive measures are discussed in light of current evidence and clinical experience of using antipsychotic medication.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||2014|
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