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Managing Anticholinergic Side Effects

Joseph A. Lieberman, III

Published: May 1, 2004

Article 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.

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