significant weight gain in patients on atypical antipsychotics

There's concern about significant weight gain in patients on atypical antipsychotics...Clozaril, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Risperdal.

The atypicals are now being used more often than the older antipsychotics (haloperidol, etc). The atypicals tend to be more effective...and are less likely to cause movement disorders.

But the atypicals also cause more severe weight gain...increasing the risk of hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.

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