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What are guidelines for taking medication for paranoid schizophrenia?

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Even when you feel better, keep taking your medicine. If you stop, your delusions will probably come back.

Avoid using marijuana, or nicotine, cocaine, or other stimulants. They can keep antipsychotic drugs from working well. They can also cause paranoia or make it worse.

You might have to take different kinds of drugs for other symptoms, too.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Schizophrenia?"

King's College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience: "Paranoia."

Coid, J. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

Freeman, D. , July 2015. Schizophrenia Bulletin

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Psychosis."

Medscape: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Management."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Schizophrenia?"

King's College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience: "Paranoia."

Coid, J. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

Freeman, D. , July 2015. Schizophrenia Bulletin

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Psychosis."

Medscape: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Management."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 21, 2019

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