Does schizophrenia medication make people stupid?

Question by Erika: Does schizophrenia medication make people stupid?
I’ve been taking this medication for about 2 years and I’m finding myself struggling to learn new things and retain information. Is it the disease or the medication?

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Answer by Cheyenne
the disease….

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3 Comments on "Does schizophrenia medication make people stupid?"

  1. iansand9876
    25/03/2014 at 6:32 pm Permalink

    Your medical practitioner would usually be fine tuning the drug and the dosage to get the optimum combination. If you feel that your medication is impairing you go back to your doctor.

    Note: I am not a doctor, and you should not rely on this advice, nor on any other advice you get from random anonymous people on the Internet. Speak to a real doctor.

  2. Az R
    25/03/2014 at 6:44 pm Permalink

    Not stupid per se, but they do tend to slow people down a lot. Risperdal and Abilify do this the least. Zyprexa, Seroquel and Haldol probably do it the most. They don’t make you ‘stupid’ per se, like Topamax or Zonegran will, but they can make you quite sluggish and lethargic.

    Cognitive problems on the other hand are a major symptom of schizophrenia, and ones we can’t really do much about, as we don’t quite understand where they’re coming from. Sometimes they get a bit better with meds, sometimes not. I’d bet that this is where your problems are coming from.

  3. Crouching Doggie
    25/03/2014 at 7:14 pm Permalink

    Certainly Atypical Antipsychotics can have adverse effects, including confusion but in the case that you describe, it’s really difficult to say what’s happening in your specific case. Schizophrenia, per se, doesn’t “make one stupid,” but you’d really need to formally address the issue with your psychiatrist.

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