Antipsychotics - Other effects
Do antipsychotics affect other medication?
There are lots of different interactions between antipsychotics and other medications.
For example some antipsychotics can interact with tricyclic antidepressants. In some cases, this means they should not be prescribed together. Some antipsychotics can cause drowsiness, so doctors should be careful when about prescribing benzodiazepines with them. It could make you feel more drowsy.
You must tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking. This includes any homeopathic medicine. This will allow your doctor to prescribe the right antipsychotic.
Does alcohol affect my antipsychotics?
You should tell your doctor if you drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol can make it harder for your body to absorb the medication. This could increase the effects alcohol has on you. For example drinking alcohol with antipsychotics might increase the sedative effects.
This means you might feel very tired. You may find more information about alcohol and your medication in the patient information leaflet.
Can I drive when taking antipsychotics?
Antipsychotics can affect your concentration and make you feel drowsy. This could affect how well you are able to drive especially when you first start taking the medication. You should consider stopping driving during this time if you are affected.
You have to tell the DVLA if you suffer from certain mental health conditions including psychosis, paranoid schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.
You can find more information about ‘Driving and mental illness’ here.
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