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How should you provide support for someone taking medications for schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia can make it hard to stick to a medication plan. Your loved one will need a strong support system.

Learn as much as you can about schizophrenia and be part of the decision-making process with your loved one’s doctor. Surrounding him with people who care about his well-being is also key.

When he starts to take his medication, he may feel better right away -- but it may take up to 4 to 6 weeks before symptoms like hallucinations and delusions get better.

Be sure he keeps taking it long enough for his doctor to know if it’s working. Sometimes it can take several tries to find out which medication works best.

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 Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

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 Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

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