Antipsychotics learning module

3.2 Central nervous system adverse effects

Antipsychotics can produce the following adverse effects on the central nervous system (CNS), but individual drugs vary considerably in their potential for the various neurological effects:

Dizziness occurs with a number of antipsychotics, often as a result of postural hypotension — this is discussed further under cardiovascular adverse effects. Headache is reported frequently with some antipsychotics, especially on initiating treatment, but generally resolves spontaneously within a short period. Persistent headache calls for medication review.

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