Physical side-effects are common with psychiatric medication, like with all medicines.

Not everyone experiences all side-effects and there are other treatments which can counter some of the unwanted effects.

Common side-effects can include:

  • weight gain
  • drowsiness and/or poor concentration
  • constipation, dry mouth or hyper salivation, blurred vision, bladder problems
  • sexual problems (reduced sex drive, problems with sexual functioning)
  • hormonal problems (irregular periods, growth of breast tissue or impotence for men
  • uncontrollable movements (fidgeting, stiffness and shakiness, facial muscle spams)

If you or the person you care for have any concerns about the medication mention them to the GP, psychiatrist or CPN, explaining how the side-effects affect your life.

Another medication may be available or the dosage may need to be adjusted.