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National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum – What you may not know about Antipsychotics

Story posted: September 4th 2017

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum – What you may not know about Antipsychotics

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF), together with researchers from Curtin University have today launched a Critical Literature Review and accompanying booklet for consumers, families and carers on the direct, adverse effects of neuroleptics (antipsychotics).

“We are concerned that many consumers, carers and family members are unaware of the direct adverse effects associated with neuroleptics and the inconclusive nature of the evidence underpinning their use” NMHCCF Consumer Co-Chair Lyn English said.

The review focuses on the history of neuroleptic drugs, the efficacy and long term use of these drugs. It also provides important information about commonly used neuroleptics and prescribing issues, the direct adverse effects, views on tapering and withdrawal as well as safe, alternative responses to consider.

The review states that neuroleptics can have a role in personal recovery but as recovery is a unique, individual process, the role of psychiatric drugs will be different for each person.

“This review has highlighted the direct, adverse effects of psychiatric drugs which, in many circumstances, can be detrimental not only to physical health but also to mental health, therefore impeding recovery” points out Deb Sobott, project lead and NMHCCF member.

The NMHCCF encourages mental health consumers, families, carers and clinicians to read this Critical Literature Review in order to form a balanced viewpoint on the most effective and least harmful avenue to recovery. The accompanying booklet for consumers and carers, ‘What you may not know about antipsychotics’ is a useful guide for people taking antipsychotic drugs and their supporters.

Both documents can be located on the NMHCCF website: www.nmhccf.org.au
For more information please contact Kathryn Sequoia, Executive Officer on 02 6285 3100

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