Antipsychotic Side Effects

Antipsychotic Side Effects

At the Alternative to Meds Center, we recognize that antipsychotic side effects can often be more problematic than the symptoms which the medication was intended to treat, and that better answers exist for mental health treatment than being medicated with antipsychotics for a lifetime. 


The many problems associated with antipsychotics can be uncomfortable; harmful to your health, cause slow mental functioning and overall negative feelings; mentally and physically. The long antipsychotic side effects chart can drive many people to discontinue use of these medications; which typically require antipsychotic side effects help. Some effects can even be dangerous, for example, some of these drugs can cause birth defects in new born babies and if a woman has been consuming psych meds during pregnancy it may result in the baby being born with a heart defect such as Ebstein’s anomaly. Additionally, once a woman has taken these medications, even if the woman has discontinued use of the drug, she may still have difficulty getting pregnant due to antipsychotic medication side effects such as infertility.

Lamictal side effects, Geodon side effects, Zyprexa side effects, Haldol side effects, or other anti-psychotic side effects affect men as well such as impotency, decreased sex drive and sexual dysfunction. Other side effects that are commonly reported to be associated with use of these medications include: feeling mentally slow, constant drowsiness, slow verbalization, trembling, speech impediment, shaking, headaches, hair loss, depression, extreme weight gain, weight loss and other metabolic problems, lethargy, fainting and fatigue just to name a few.

If these psychiatric medications are discontinued, serious medication withdrawal side effects may emerge. Antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms are potentially severe and withdrawal should only be done under medical care. These drugs are not considered to be addictive but may be quite easy to develop physical and mental dependencies upon them after long-term use.

One of the typical antipsychotic withdrawal side effects that are concerning and possible to occur from these medications is a condition called Nystagmus. Nystagmus is a condition concerning the eyes that consists of involuntary eye movements. Once Nystagmus has been developed as a result of these medications, it can be permanent or it takes a very long absence of the medication to get rid of it. Typical and atypical antipsychotic side effects can be life changing, life threatening and sometimes permanent.

Conditions such as Nystagmus that develop as side effects show how important it is to be cautious of side effects. If side effects are in any way outweighing the good effects, then it is definitely time to seek antipsychotic side effects treatment. There is no reason to suffer with uncomfortable side effects from a medication that is meant to help you (not cause more problems), as there are many effective alternative to psychiatry approaches available.

Antipsychotic medication side effects are very often the reason for patients wanting to get off of these drugs. Deciding to discontinue use and forego the short period of antipsychotic withdrawal is often worth it to avoid the side effects and other dangers associated with continuous use of psychiatric medications. These medications are prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mania, schizoaffective disorder, psychosis and other disorders.

Some of the very commonly reported psychological side effects include depression, as they can make depression worse, induce psychotic episodes, manic or depressed episodes, and other states of psychoses. This is a major side effect concern; people who are trying to mend their state of mind and treat their mental health do not need added depression and bipolar side effects that are induced from their medication. People who suffer with anti-psychotic side effects often need antipsychotic side effects help. Patients and doctors alike should stay informed about potential side effects and drug interactions.

Knowledge is power, if side effects are too overwhelming and you want to stop taking them, consult with your doctor, slowly reduce your dosage and discontinue use under medical supervision. No one has to continue suffering unwanted effects, as they can choose to end side effects with alternative to psychiatry approaches that are void of side effects. Individuals who are prescribed anti-psychotics are usually given them after a psychotic breakdown, or after other medications have been ineffective. These medications often appear effective during the onset, but for long term use are generally not well tolerated.

The individual medicated on one of these medications is usually not able to function in life like they want to, and often finds it challenging to set a goal, and perceive reward. These major side effects are commonly considered better than dealing with continued hospital visits, or a loss of sleep if the person suffers from insomnia; so many individuals remain on the medication. There is a specific answer for each person, to why they may suffer from insomnia or other symptoms. However, there is usually too much Dopamine. Dopamine is a neurochemical that controls reward, and excessive amounts of it cause everything to be stimulating and can induce mania.

The antipsychotic drug is then aimed at restricting Dopamine, and therefore the individual is left without feeling life’s rewards. When Dopamine is low because of the drug, neurology changes, and makes more receptors for Dopamine. Now, the low amount of Dopamine produces the same effects of stimulation even though the drug is present. So the dose does up, and brings on more unwanted side effects.

We employ the following techniques to successfully withdrawal an individual from these drugs. We first do lab testing for what may be the cause of the original symptoms. Often, the culprit is identified to be toxicity. Whether toxicity is a result of genetics, or the environment, we focus on clearing the toxins out. Our drug rehab program is focused at stabilization of neurochemistry through use of orthomolecular nutrition and natural substances; body detoxification and removal of neurotoxins accumulated environmentally, IV amino therapy, nutritional therapies, massage exercise, yoga, personal training, peer support, medication withdrawal modalities, and alternative mental health therapies that provide effective antipsychotic side effects treatment. When the individual is sedated, comfortable and stable from these therapies, there medication can be reduced.


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