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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Schizophrenia

Since you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

  • How soon after starting medication will I notice an improvement?
  • What are the chances of becoming symptom-free?
  • What side effects should I expect from the medication? How can side effects be managed if they happen?
  • Is it safe to drink alcohol, and if so, how much?
  • How long should I expect to take the treatment?
  • What should I do if I have an emergency, or if my symptoms get worse between office visits?
  • What other kinds of services could help me?
  • What symptoms might be an early warning of a relapse? What should I do if I notice these symptoms?
  • What should I tell my friends, family, and work colleagues about my condition?
  • Is it safe for me to work, drive, and provide care for others?

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 01, 2013
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