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Worried about health risks of antipsychotics



New member
Mar 3, 2018
I’ve been on and off meds for years now. I have bipolar with psychosis and have been stable since taking paliperidone 150mg injections. This is the max dose I could be on. I’m sort of worried about the detrimental effects this could be having on me. I have had several blood tests and it’s mostly ok except for my prolactin. Sometimes my blood sugar is a bit high but sometimes it’s not. I am overweight, I vape and I eat a lot of junk food. My heart rate though has been up and down a lot aswell. It’s definitely not due to anxiety as it’s high when I’m even chilled. Is it possible I could get some beta blockers when I see my doctor next? When I went to the doctor about my concerns last time he checked my pulse rate and it was within normal limits so nothing got done. I’ve just had an ECG and got told to show it to my psychiatrist. I’m worried they’re going to do nothing about it. I’m not sure if it’s the meds or my lifestyle that’s causing it.

My pulse rate has always been around 90. But today it was 113. And on previous occasions it’s been high aswell. I don’t want to stay on these meds if they’re going to kill me but I also don’t want to go manic again. My family would practically disown me if I came off meds and they’ll just be waiting to say “told you so” if I relapsed. I am completely stable if it wasn’t for my isolated manic episodes which happened very rarely ( not for 3 years now). But they often had disastrous consequences.

I hear a lot about how meds can cause cancer, strokes, heart disease etc and it worries me. I’m on max dose and I’ve been on that for 3 years. It looks like I’ll have to be on them for life. I’ve read it can shorten life by 15-25 years. Is this actually factual? Or could it be linked to the lifestyle of some people with mental health? I’m just so worried especially as I know my pulse rate is high now. And is it ok to be taking antipsychotics for life? Even if I slowly take a lower dose?


Well-known member
Jan 5, 2011
Hiya and welcome to the forum. I also have bipolar with psychosis and understand. I am on anti psychotics, anti depressants and a mood stabiliser. These drugs aren't good for us but with careful monitoring we should be OK. I think you ask to see your pdoc and check with them. YOu should have an annual blood test - well I do - and a check up for all your vitals.

The point here is that we are worse off without the drugs and higher risk to ourselves so its a balancing act. I also have hypertension and diabetes and those drugs aren't safe either but its that or a stroke, I take the pills. I think we just insist on close monitoring and educate ourselves on side effects. I also have a fast pulse rate and my body just copes with it. I wouldn't worry about that. I haven't heard of cancer being caused by these meds though.