Prescribing Atypical Antipsychotics: What are the Risks?

Over the past several years, the use of antipsychotics has expanded dramatically. Aside from the traditional indication, schizophrenia, various members of this class have received FDA approval for bipolar mania, bipolar depression, major depression, and autism, and increasingly they are used off-label for anxiety, insomnia, and agitation. As with any type of medication that becomes popular quickly, unforeseen side effects have emerged, some minor, others serious. In this article we will briefly review some of the more serious potential risks.

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