Medicine is the best treatment for schizophrenia. But it can be hard to take the medicine. This may be because:
But if you stop taking your medicine, you probably will have a relapse. A relapse means your symptoms return or get worse after you have been feeling better.
As long as you are taking medicines, you will need to see your doctor on a regular basis. You may need to go to a hospital while you are changing or stopping medicines.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Many types of medicines can help you. It might be best to use more than one, but it may take time to find which medicines work well for you. This may be frustrating. But your doctor and family can support you during this time.
Medicines used most often include:
These medicines sometimes have severe side effects. Always talk to your doctor about how they are working and how you are feeling. If you feel that a medicine isn't right for you, your doctor can help you find a new one. Don't stop taking your medicines unless you talk to your doctor.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of: November 10, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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