We all have friends, relatives or acquaintances who have used antipsychotic medications and subsequently developed rapid weight gain, high cholesterol and/or type 2 diabetes. Given the high prevalence of those affected, I thought the internet would abound with patient education about which antipsychotics are more likely to cause metabolic syndrome.
I sure was wrong!
I'll write more about this gaping silence regarding patient education onantipsychotics and metabolic syndrome in a later post. But for now, I created a 7 minute video that shares what we know about the question: Which antipsychotics have the highest risk for weight gain, high cholesterol and diabetes? Please note: the video describes risk in terms of comparing antipsychotic meds against each other. I could not find data on absolute risk to report.