Always take your medicine the way your doctor has suggested.
Medicine is the most effective treatment for
schizophrenia, but sometimes people who have
schizophrenia have a hard time taking their medicine. If you have trouble
taking your medicine, it may be because:
If you stop taking your medicine, you probably will have a
relapse. If you are having trouble taking your
medicine or feel you don't need to take it, talk to your doctor or another
trusted person. Your doctor may be able to change the medicine or the amount
If you and your health care team decide you will stop
using or will change medicines, your doctor will want to check in with you on a
regular basis. You may need to go to a hospital while you are changing or
Ask your doctor
about long-acting medicines that are injected (shots). You get a shot every
week or every few weeks. This may be a good choice because:
You also can get once-a-day pills. These generally are
extended-release medicines, which release the medicine
August 19, 2010
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Miklos Ferenc Losonczy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry
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