Hypothermia in 2 Patients Treated With Atypical Antipsychotic Medication

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: Atypical antipsychotics such as olanzapine, risperidone, and quetiapine are commonly prescribed by psychiatrists because of their efficacy and minimal extrapyramidal side effects. Some of the common side effects include somnolence, anticholinergic effects, and orthostatic hypotension. In the 2 cases that follow, we found a common thread between patients’ taking atypical antipsychotics and hypothermia, a side effect not mentioned in the drug profile. Our recent literature search found other published case report of atypical antipsychotic treatment associated with hypothermia.

J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(1):61-63