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What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia refers to swallowing impairment, and can lead to severe outcomes including malnutrition, asphyxiation (suffocating), which can be fatal. It is sometimes reported in people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, and may be a side effect of a number of neuroleptic medications including antipsychotics, but may also be due to behavioural disturbance or other neurological disorders.

What is the evidence for dysphagia?

Low quality evidence is unclear as to risk of dysphagia following any specific neuroleptic medication.

November 2019

Last updated at: 3:23 am, 24th November 2019
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