20 Psychotropic Drugs and Their Side Effects

Do you know what psychiatric drugs can do to you? Because you may not be aware of some of the side effects of your treatment the Mental Patients Union has produced a list of the most commonly used drugs and their side-effects.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that they are the symptoms of your illness, they are the symptoms of their treatment.

1. Modecate (fluphenazine)

Depression, sometimes suicide, tremor of hands.

Fluphenazine, sold under the brand names Prolixin among others, is an antipsychotic medication. It is used in the treatment of chronic psychoses such as schizophrenia, and appears to be about equal in effectiveness to low-potency antipsychotics like chlorpromazine. Wikipedia

2. Largactil (chlorpromazine)

Jaundice, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, mouth dryness, low blood pressure, when standing rapid pulse, skin pallor, blurring of vision, skin rash, nose stuffiness, weight gain, sunburn, lactation, absence of menstruation, restlessness.

Chlorpromazine, marketed under the trade names Thorazine and Largactil among others, is an antipsychotic medication. It is primarily used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Wikipedia

3. Stelazine (Trifluoperazine)

Tremor of hands, spasm of neck muscles, rigidity in back muscles, drowsiness, sweating, nasal congestion, spasms in hands or feet, eye movements, contraction of jaw muscles, difficulty in swallowing, blurring of vision.

Trifluoperazine, sold under a number of brand names, is a typical antipsychotic primarily used to treat schizophrenia. It may also be used short term in those with generalized anxiety disorder but is less preferred to benzodiazepines. It is of the phenothiazine chemical class. Wikipedia

4. Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)

Unsteadiness of movement, drowsiness, nausea, constipation.

Chlordiazepoxide, trade name Librium, is a sedative and hypnotic medication of the benzodiazepine class; it is used to treat anxiety, insomnia and withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and/or drug abuse. Chlordiazepoxide has a medium to long half-life but its active metabolite has a very long half-life. Wikipedia

5. Aventyl (Nortriptyline)

Constipation, dizziness, restlessness, confusion.

Nortriptyline, sold under the brand names Allegron, Aventyl, Noritren, Nortrilen, and Pamelor among others, is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat clinical depression. Another licensed use for it is in the treatment of childhood bedwetting. Wikipedia

6. Tryptizol (Amitriptyline)

Drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, excitement, tremor, headache, hypertension, sweating, loss of appetite, skin rash, heartburn, numbness of limbs, reduced concentration, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, activates schizophrenia.

Amitriptyline, sold under the brand name Elavil among others, is a medicine primarily used to treat a number of mental illnesses. These include major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders, and less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder.Wikipedia

7. Sparine (Promazine)

Low blood pressure when standing, tremor of hands.

Promazine is a medication that belongs to the phenothiazine class of antipsychotics. An older medication used to treat schizophrenia, it is still prescribed, alongside newer agents such as olanzapine and quetiapine.Wikipedia

8. Majeptil (Thioproperazine)

Protrusion of tongue, movement of eyeballs, arching of back, shallow rapid breathing, excessive seating, excessive salivation, rapid heart beat, agitation, anxiety, rigidity of muscles.

Thioproperazine, sold under the brand name Majeptil, is a typical antipsychotic of the phenothiazine group which is used as a tranquilizer, antiemetic, sedative, and in the treatment of schizophrenia and manic phase of bipolar disorder. Majeptil is available in 10 mg tablets. Wikipedia

9. Fentazin (Perphenazine)

Tremor of hands, jaundice, hypertension.

Perphenazine is a typical antipsychotic drug. Chemically, it is classified as a piperazinyl phenothiazine. Originally marketed in the US as Trilafon, it has been in clinical use for decades. Perphenazine is roughly five times as potent as chlorpromazine; thus perphenazine is considered a medium-potency antipsychotic. Wikipedia

10. Dartalan (Thiopropazate)

Muscular rigidity, restlessness, tremor of hands.

Thiopropazate is a typical antipsychotic of the phenothiazine class. It is a prodrug to perphenazine. Thiopropazate is manufactured by Searle & Boehringer Mannheim Thiopropazate is sold by Chembase, AAA Chemistry, ZINC, AKos Consulting & Solutions, Boc Sciences, ChemFrog, and ChemMol Wikipedia

11. Serenace (Haloperidol)

Restlessness, drowsiness, sleeplessness, increased salivation and sweating, skin pallor, muscular spasms, difficulty in swallowing, stuttering, skin rash.

Haloperidol, marketed under the trade name Haldol among others, is a typical antipsychotic medication. Haloperidol is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, tics in Tourette syndrome, mania in bipolar disorder, nausea and vomiting, delirium, agitation, acute psychosis, and hallucinations in alcohol withdrawal. Wikipedia

12. Taractan (Chlorprothixene)

Dry mouth, drowsiness, vertigo rapid pulse, hypotension.

Chlorprothixene, sold under the brand name Truxal among others, is a typical antipsychotic of the thioxanthene group. Wikipedia

13. Thioridazine (Mellaril or Melleril)

Dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, faintness, nasal stuffiness, tremor of hands, impairment of sexuality, lactation, absence of menstruation, disturbance of vision.

Thioridazine is a piperidine typical antipsychotic drug belonging to the phenothiazine drug group and was previously widely used in the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis. The branded product was withdrawn worldwide in 2005 because it caused severe cardiac arrhythmias. Wikipedia

14. Serpasil (Reserpine)

Hypotension, nightmares, visual disturbances, nasal congestion.

Reserpine is an indole alkaloid, antipsychotic, and antihypertensive drug that has been used for the control of high blood pressure and for the relief of psychotic symptoms, although because of the development of better drugs for these purposes and because of its numerous side-effects, it is rarely used today. Wikipedia

15. Tofranil (Imipramine)

Dry mouth, visual disturbances, sweating, skin rash, tremor, rapid pulse rate, excitement.

Imipramine, sold under the brand name Tofranil among others, is a tricyclic antidepressant which is used mainly in the treatment of depression. It can also reduce symptoms of agitation and anxiety. The drug is also used to treat bedwetting. It is taken by mouth. Wikipedia

16. Nardil (Phenelzine)

Nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, headache, unsteadiness, constipation, jaundice.

Phenelzine is a non-selective and irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor of the hydrazine class which is used as an antidepressant and anxiolytic. Along with tranylcypromine and isocarboxazid, phenelzine is one of the few non-selective and irreversible MAOIs still in widespread clinical use. Wikipedia

17. Marplan (Isocarboxazid)

Hypotension, dizziness, vertigo, constipation, over-activity, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, skin rash.

Isocarboxazid is a non-selective, irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor of the hydrazine class used as an antidepressant. Wikipedia

18. Parnate (Tranylcypromine)

Insomnia, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, hypotension, dry mouth.

Tranylcypromine is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor; more specifically, tranylcypromine acts as nonselective and irreversible inhibitor of the enzyme monoamine oxidase. It is used as an antidepressant and anxiolytic agent in the clinical treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, respectively. Wikipedia

19. Drazine(Hydroxyzine)

Headache, giddiness, hypotension, impotence, liver disorders.

Hydroxyzine, sold under the brand names Atarax and Vistaril among others, is a first-generation antihistamine. It was first synthesized by Union Chimique Belge in 1956 and was marketed by Pfizer in the United States later the same year and is still widely used today. Wikipedia

20. Equanil (Meprobamate)


Meprobamate—marketed as Miltown by Wallace Laboratories and Equanil by Wyeth, among others—is a carbamate derivative used as an anxiolytic drug. Wikipedia

Well, there you go friends, so watch out!

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