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Orthostatic hypotension: a potential side effect of psychiatric medications.
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PMID:  1355114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. Orthostatic hypotension is a major underrecognized side effect of antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. It has been associated with falls, fractures, and lacerations, particularly in the elderly. 2. Orthostatic vital signs need to be routinely measured in patients susceptible to orthostasis. A standardized procedure should be available and must include a stable baseline measurement in the supine position at 30 seconds and 2 minutes in the sitting or standing position. 3. Measures to counteract orthostasis include nutrition/hydration assessment, environmental safety, and patient teaching.
P McCarthy; J C Snyder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0279-3695     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv     Publication Date:  1992 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-10-01     Completed Date:  1992-10-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200911     Medline TA:  J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-5     Citation Subset:  IM; N; S    
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Palo Alto, California 94304.
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MeSH Terms
Antidepressive Agents / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Antipsychotic Agents / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Hemodynamics / drug effects
Hypotension, Orthostatic / chemically induced*
Patient Education as Topic
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidepressive Agents; 0/Antipsychotic Agents

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