Decreased appetite and food intake
Taking sips of water for dry mouth
Presence of fixed stare
Absence of delusional statements
Have blood pressure checked once a week.
Monitor pulse daily
Eat snacks at midmorning and bedtime.
Use hard, sour candy or sugarless gum.
White blood cell count
Blood urea nitrogen
Choral hydrate (Somnote)
Dextroamphetamine sulfate (Dexedrine)
Anorexia and weight loss
Dizziness and agitation
Antipsychotics affect dopamine receptors in the brain, thereby reducing the psychotic symptoms.
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a common side effect of antipsychotic therapy which usually occurs after initiating therapy or when combinations of medications are used.
The most serious side effects of antipsychotic medication are the extrapyramidal side effects such as Parkinson's-like symptoms, rigidity, and abnormal or involuntary movements of the eyes, body and extremities.
Typical antipsychotics are more effective for positive symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, aggression, and delusions.