Tips on Taking or Discontinuing Antipsychotic Drugs | AP Topic Index | Metabolic Syndrome, Movement Disorders, & NMS

The next page in this series is about the common side effects that can potentially cause you real problems. While the adverse reactions discussed on this page aren’t particularly fun, they usually don’t suck more than whatever condition they are treating.

This page is still being worked on. The text below has been salvaged from the old articles.

Side effects common to all second-generation / atypical antipsychotics are short-term nausea and other gastric distress, headaches and dizziness. Not so short-term is the sleepiness. Most of the atypicals make you very tired, something you may or may not get over.

In general the anticholinergic side effects, especially constipation, are very popular with most APs. What is responsible for that is also responsible for keeping EPS in check.

All crazy meds can mess with your dreams. Antipsychotics are the most likely to do so. It’s impossible to predict the effects, intensity or duration of this side effect.

Like the anticonvulsants, the atypical antipsychotics make you photosensitive and can mess with your hormones, usually to a lesser extent on both counts. Risperdal (risperidone) is the hormonal exception, so ladies need to especially watch out with Risperdal (risperidone), as it is notorious for messing with prolactin.

While we’re on the subject of hormones, a large Spanish study has Risperdal (risperidone), the standard antipsychotic Haldol (haloperidol) and Zyprexa (olanzapine) the worst offenders for sexual side effects. They all seem to be dosage-related, so the higher the dosage the worse the sexual dysfunction will be.

The very nature of the drugs are such that they can cause odd effects at times, like extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), depersonalization and/or derealization; so you do this weird hand-jive, you’re not who you are and nothing is real. Only you get to feel that way with federally approved drugs, and not that questionable mescaline you purchased from some guy you met at a rave the other night. Many people complain of “feeling like a zombie.” Except for the EPS, these other wacky feelings usually pass within a matter of a couple of weeks.

Sadly, the antipsychotics can make one psychotic. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Especially if you’re bipolar and subject to the paradoxical reaction to medications. You really do have to keep a close watch on yourself when you first take them. Fortunately you can just stop taking them at the doses used for anxiety, high-functioning autism, most adjunctive bipolar therapy, and as part of a cocktail for refractory depression. When taken as monotherapy for bipolar and the schizophrenia spectrum they’d have to be reduced in dosage like most other meds.

  Or you can talk to your doctor about switching to another one altogether.  But if you are bipolar and this has happened more than twice you may as well just give up on the class all together.



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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

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3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazymeds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had a forerunner of QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]

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