Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

The Symptoms

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome can affect anybody of any age, taking antipsychotic, antiemetic or neuroleptics (tranquilisers), although the most common medications associated with NMS are antipsychotics, both typical and the newer, atypical ones. The only licensed antipsychotic for use in dementia patients is risperidone, and only for short-term 6 weeks use).

Symptoms of NMS can be fatal and emergency medical care is needed and the offending drug must be stopped. This is crucial. Some, but not necessarily all of the symptoms that maybe present are:-


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