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Can schizophrenia patients inject long-acting drugs into themselves?

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You don't inject long-acting drugs yourself. You need to go to a doctor or a nurse, who uses a needle to put the medicine into your upper arm or buttocks. Once the medicine gets into your muscle, it's slowly released into your body over days, weeks, or months.

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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