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How do doctors know what medications work best for schizophrenia?

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Doctors will choose which medication is best by looking at the following:

  • How well it works on symptoms
  • How much it will cost
  • Side effects
  • How easy it is to get
  • How often it has to be taken

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia,” “Mental Health Medications.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia Treatment & Management.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Medications.”

First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 21, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia,” “Mental Health Medications.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia Treatment & Management.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Medications.”

First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults , Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 21, 2020

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