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Managing anticholinergic side effects.

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Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. jlieberman@jalmd.com

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  • Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2012;14(1):PCC.12lcx01362.

Abstract

Atypical antipsychotics are associated with a lower risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) and tardive dyskinesia than the conventional antipsychotics; however, many atypical antipsychotics can cause other potentially harmful side effects such as anticholinergic side effects. Peripheral and central anticholinergic side effects can cause physical and mental impairment. Awareness of the medications that have the potential to cause anticholinergic side effects as well as proper management of these symptoms can aid physicians in treating patients who need antipsychotic therapy.

PMID:
16001097
PMCID:
PMC487008

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