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How long do I need to take schizophrenia medications?

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Each person is different. Some need to take schizophrenia medications for a short time. Others need them longer.

Sometimes, people need to try a different dose or medication. But you should never stop suddenly. If the doctor says you can stop a medication, you will taper off it, a little at a time.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Antipsychotic Medicines for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder."

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

HelpGuide.org: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Recovery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Introduction: Mental Health Medications and Tardive Dyskinesia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on November 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Antipsychotic Medicines for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder."

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

HelpGuide.org: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Recovery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Introduction: Mental Health Medications and Tardive Dyskinesia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on November 25, 2019

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