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Antipsychotic medicines are used for acute manic or mixed episodes and maintenance treatment for any conditions in which these symptoms may occur.
Effect of Antipsychotics on Bipolar Disorder
The most common antipsychotics used to treat bipolar disorder are:
- Classic antipsychotic medicines (eg, haloperidol [Haldol])— not often used because of risks of tardive dyskinesia (uncontrollable movements)
- Atypical antipsychotic medicines (eg, risperidone, olanzapine, aripiprazole, ziprasidone, and quetiapine)—more effective with less risk of tardive dyskinesia
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Possible side effects of olanzapine include:
- Behavior problems
- Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
- Restlessness or need to keep moving
- Stiffness of arms or legs
- Trembling or shaking of hands and fingers
Possible side effects of risperidone and quetiapine include:
- Tardive dyskinesia (fine, worm-like movements of the tongue, or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, shoulders, arms, or legs)
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