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How should you support a loved one who’s taking medications for schizophrenia?

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

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

Be sure he keeps taking his meds long enough for his doctor to know if they’re 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 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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