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Other Information About Antipsychotics

  • Each child is different, so a child may need to try different medications in order to find the one that works best.
  • You should start seeing positive changes in 2-3 weeks, but it may take 6-8 weeks.
  • A child should never stop taking an antipsychotic suddenly. This may cause fast changes in mood, agitation, aggression, nausea, sweating or tremors. The child's doctor will help you wean the child off the medication slowly.
  • The child’s weight, glucose levels and lipid levels should be monitored regularly by a doctor while taking antipsychotic medication.