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By Jim Harper – Author of How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely

This page was updated Nov. 2016

Subject - Antipsychotic Medication Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Gain

Antipsychotic Medication - It is common knowledge among healthcare providers that antipsychotic medications cause weight gain. Too often it is more than just a little bit of weight gain but obesity. It is also common for diabetes, hypertension and a host of other conditions to begin when an antipsychotic medication is used for more than a very short duration.

Decreasing the impact of the metabolic syndrome is critical and directly relates to quality of life. Metabolic syndrome is a serious problem and highly prevalent in patients with schizophrenia but also prevalent with all patients taking antipsychotic medication.

Hyperglycemia, triglyceridemia, decrease in HDL, cardio metabolic risk, obesity, insulin resistance and hypertension are the most common dysfunctions associated with antipsychotic medication induced metabolic syndrome.