What is the treatment of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 10, 2012

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  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a neurological disorder.
  • It is a life threatening condition.
  • Intensive care is needed during the treatment.
  • dopaminergic drugs such as dopamine agonist are prescribed.

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a neurological disorder which occurs due to the adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs. The condition usually develops within the first few weeks of the treatment with drugs. However neuroleptic malignant syndrome may develop any time during the therapy period. It could also develop due to the anti-parkinsonism drugs.

Malignant syndrome

Symptoms of Neuroleptic Malignant syndrome

common symptoms of the condition include :

  • High fever
  • sweating
  • unstable blood pressure
  • Stupor
  • muscular rigidity
  • Autonomic dysfunction



Since the condition is life threatening, intensive care is needed during the treatment. The neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs are discontinued. Doctors treat fever aggressively and prescribe muscle relaxant. Apart from these steps, the doctor will advice dopaminergic drugs such as dopamine agonist.


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