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What are the advantages of taking long-acting injectable drugs to treat schizophrenia?

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Anyone who has to take a daily pill knows that it can be tough to stay on schedule, but people with schizophrenia have extra challenges.

They sometimes don't think they are sick, especially in the early stages of their disease. They may hear voices that persuade them not to take medication. If they do take it, they might stop as soon as their symptoms go away.

In several studies, only 40% to 60% of people with schizophrenia stay on track with their daily meds.

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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