Schizophrenia, Antipsychotic Medications, and Life-Threatening Complications

Each year million of Americans are diagnosed with schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia is a very serious and complicated disease to treat. Finding the perfect treatment is often difficult and requires careful monitoring. Time is of the essence when treating the mental illness and watching for potential medication side-effects.

Course Publication Date: April 05, 2021

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Author:Heather Frommeyer MSN Ed, RN
Course No:AM020221
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Learning Objectives
  • Identify the signs and symptoms suggesting the metabolic syndrome.

  • Discuss the relationship between medications prescribed for schizophrenia and the metabolic syndrome.

  • Identify antipsychotic treatments associated with high potential for development of the metabolic syndrome.

  • Describe three adverse metabolic effects associated with atypical antipsychotic medications.

  • Identify nursing considerations for patients with schizophrenia related to the metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus.


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