Advertisement

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare condition that develops in response to the use of psychiatric medications. The development of NMS is unpredictable and the cause not clearly defined, though research shows abnormal brain chemistry plays an important role. Symptoms of the syndrome are acute, and life-threatening complications can develop if medical attention is delayed. People with NMS require prompt diagnosis and treatment to make a full recovery with no lasting effects.

Advertisement

1. The Development of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

Nearly all cases of neuroleptic malignant syndrome develop within 30 days of beginning the offending medication, most within several days or a week. The development of NMS occurs with nearly all types of a specific class of medications. All instances of NMS develop in a predictable pattern, regardless of the specific prescription, with the same symptoms and complications. Symptoms usually peak within three days.

Olivier Le Moal / Getty Images
Advertisement

More on Facty Health

Disclaimer

This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.