Prolactin

Science / Psychiatry / Prolactin: Hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Stimulates lactation and ovarian function. Excess prolactin release can cause side-effects common to many older antipsychotic agents, including abnormal menstrual cycles, abnormal breast milk production, gynecomastia (excessive development of the male mammary glands), and sexual dysfunction.

Hyperprolactinaemia

Science / Psychiatry / Hyperprolactinaemia: An abnormally high level of prolactin in the blood which can occur in both men and women. Typical and some atypical antipsychotics can increase serum levels which can result in menstrual and hormonal MORE

Gynaecomastia

Science / Psychiatry / Gynaecomastia: The development of excess breast tissue in men which is sometimes a side effect of antipsychotic medication, as a result of hyperprolactinaemia. May be accompanied by galactorrhoea. MORE

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