Schizophrenia is a serious and chronic illness that, without proper medication, will only get worse. By combining medication and psychological treatment, the patient has every chance to regain a normal life.
1. Seek out a therapeutic approach.
Scientific and therapeutic advances in recent years have led to the development of a number of antipsychotics to treat schizophrenia. They can be administered either orally or by injection. Treatment is tailored according to symptoms, lifestyle, health problems and other prescribed medications. Because every patient reacts differently, some have to try several antipsychotics before finding the right one. Doctors will also prescribe other medications to treat related symptoms like anxiety and insomnia.
2. Beware of side effects.
Antipsychotics can cause side effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, nausea, chills, sweating, insomnia, dizziness and weight gain. These effects vary from one individual to another, and from one medication to the next. Doctors can always adjust or change the medication to eliminate side effects. It’s important not to abruptly stop the medication as this can be dangerous. Simply consult a pharmacist if you experience any of these side effects.
3. Always follow the advice of your pharmacist and doctor.
a. Take medication daily, as prescribed.
b. Never change drug regimen without doctor’s consent.
c. Ask for help from your pharmacist if you are having trouble taking your meds properly.
d. Be as informed as possible on your medication.
e. Seek out support from groups like the Quebec Society of Schizophrenia at schizophrenie.qc.ca.
Did you know that, contrary to popular belief, it’s impossible to develop a dependency on antipsychotic drugs? It is also unfounded to believe that long-term use diminishes efficacy.
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