Antipsychotic Drug Side Effects

 by Nathan Griffith
Common brand name Antipsychotics include Abilify, Clozaril, Geodon, Invega, Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Fanapt.

To see the total figures from IMS Health on the number of people taking antipsychotics in the U.S., click here.

Antipsychotic Drug Warnings:

There have been 72 warnings from eight countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa) warning that antipsychotic drugs cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):

  • 17 warnings on antipsychotics causing heart problems
  • 15 warnings on antipsychotics causing death/sudden death
  • 9 warnings on antipsychotics causing weight gain
  • 8 warnings on antipsychotics causing involuntary movements or movement disorders
  • 7 warnings on antipsychotics causing strokes
  • 7 warnings on antipsychotics causing withdrawal symptoms
  • 6 warnings on antipsychotics causing convulsions, seizures or tremors
  • 5 warnings on antipsychotics causing diabetes
  • 5 warnings on antipsychotics causing birth defects
  • 4 warnings on antipsychotics causing agitation
  • 1 warning on antipsychotics causing mania and psychosis
  • 1 warning on antipsychotics causing sexual dysfunction

Antipsychotic Drug Studies:

There are 97 studies from seventeen countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Denmark, New Zealand, China, France, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan) showing that antipsychotic drugs cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):

  • 18 studies on antipsychotics causing diabetes or other metabolic problems
  • 16 studies on antipsychotics causing weight gain/obesity
  • 15 studies on antipsychotics causing death or increased mortality
  • 9 studies on antipsychotics causing heart problems
  • 4 studies on antipsychotics causing strokes
  • 3 studies on antipsychotics causing Parkinson’s Disease
  • 3 studies on antipsychotics having lack of efficacy
  • 3 studies on antipsychotics causing cognitive decline or impairment
  • 2 studies on antipsychotics causing brain shrinkage
  • 2 studies on antipsychotics causing seizures or convulsions
  • 2 studies on antipsychotics causing lowered bone mineral density
  • 1 study on antipsychotics causing violence and homicidal ideation
  • 1 study on antipsychotics causing psychosis and delusional thinking
  • 1 study on antipsychotics causing tumors
  • 1 study on antipsychotics causing birth defects
  • 1 study on antipsychotics causing coma
  • 1 study on antipsychotics causing sexual dysfunction

Top Reactions for All Ages: There have been 117,414 Adverse Drug Reactions in connection with antipsychotics that have been reported to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch), between 2004 and 2012.

The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

  • 11,187 cases of diabetes mellitus
  • 7,266 cases of weight increased
  • 5,434 cases of death
  • 5,054 cases of insomnia
  • 4,386 cases of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • 4,236 cases of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • 3,940 cases of somnolence
  • 2,876 cases of tremors
  • 2,862 cases of anxiety
  • 2,735 cases of malaise (unease or discomfort)

Documented Side Effects of Antipsychotics:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Agitation
Akathisia
Anxiety
Behavior changes
Birth defects
Blood disorders
Blurred vision
Cardiac arrest
Death from liver failure
Depression
Diabetes
Excessive weight gain
Fatal blood clots

Heart arrhythmia
Heart failure
Heart palpitation
Hemorrhage
Hostility
Hyperglycemia
Hypoglycemia
Insomnia
Involuntary movements
Manic reaction
Mood changes
Muscle spasms
Nausea

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
Nightmares
Pancreatitis
Seizures/convulsions
Sexual dysfunction
Slow/difficult speech
Suicidal thoughts
Tardive Dyskinesia
Tremors
Violence
Weight gain
Yellowing of skin/eyes



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.

 



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