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How do the side effects of daily pills differ from those associated with long-acting injectable drugs for schizophrenia?

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Anti-psychotic medicines can also make you sleepy or dizzy, and they can cause skin rashes, rapid heartbeat, blurred vision, and muscle shakiness or stiffness. Some can also make you gain weight and put you at risk for diabetes or high cholesterol.

These side effects can happen whether you take the daily pill or the shot. The difference is that the long-acting type takes more time to leave your body. Your doctor can stop or change the dosage of daily medicine that's causing a bad reaction, but you'll have to wait weeks for a long-lasting drug to run its course.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

News release, University of California, Los Angeles.

FDA.

News release, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

UpToDate: "Pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia: Long-acting injectable antipsychotic drugs."

Valenstein, M. , 2004. Schizophrenia Bulletin

Osborne, R. , April 2012. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Mental Health Medications."

Rosenheck, R. , March 2011. New England Journal of Medicine

Brissos, S. , October 2014. Therapeutic Advances in Pharmacology

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

News release, University of California, Los Angeles.

FDA.

News release, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

UpToDate: "Pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia: Long-acting injectable antipsychotic drugs."

Valenstein, M. , 2004. Schizophrenia Bulletin

Osborne, R. , April 2012. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Mental Health Medications."

Rosenheck, R. , March 2011. New England Journal of Medicine

Brissos, S. , October 2014. Therapeutic Advances in Pharmacology

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

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