How to deal with side effects?

Symptom Strategy
sleepiness short nap, change drug administration times
increased appetite diet, physical activity, drink a glass of water
before a meal, no snacks,
eat your last meal at an earlier time
akathisia (movement disorder) physical exercises
muscle stiffness exercises, muscle stretching, additional drugs
dizziness stand up slowly, drink sufficient amount of liquids
blurred vision wait, use glasses to read
upper limb tremor pour level of liquid into dishes, additional drugs may be required

What is important in addition to pharmacological treatment?

  • Attending psychotherapy
  • Attending classes at a day-care ward
  • Staying with other people in centres for community self-help
  • Abstinence from alcohol, drugs and designer drugs
  • Contact with outpatient clinic of mental health

Mueser K.T.,Gingerich S.: Życie ze schizofrenią, Rebis, 2008

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