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.
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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Author: Jerod Poore Date Modified: 2017–03–25 Date Published: 2011–07–12