Chapter 4
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Possible Side Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics

Common Side Effects:

  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Sensitivity to lights
  • Weight gain
  • Change in menstrual cycle

Less Common Side Effects:

  • Dystonia: muscle spasms; Stiff neck; tongue sticking out of mouth, trouble swallowing
  • Akathisia: restlessness, unable to sit still
  • Akinesia: rigid muscles; shuffling walk; drooling; tremor