Taking Medicines for Schizophrenia
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 you take.
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 stopping medicines.
Ask about long-acting medicines
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 slowly.
Have a routine
Use a pillbox
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