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What are the challenges of taking schizophrenia drugs every day?

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Keeping up with your schizophrenia medicine makes all the difference. It curbs symptoms like seeing and hearing things that aren't there. Along with psychiatric therapy, a pill you take every day can put you on the path to a stable, successful life.

However, there's a catch: A lot of folks quit their meds.

Sometimes they just forget to take them, or they may think they're well enough that they don't need them anymore.

That's where long-lasting drugs can help. You need to take them as a shot only once or twice a month.

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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