Continuous therapy is crucial
Schizophrenia is a prolonged, chronic condition requiring antipsychotic therapy.1, 9
As with other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, it is very important to ensure continuous effect of the therapy, regardless of the type of the therapy.9
The most common cause of relapse is that the patient fails to take the drugs as prescribed.
The rate of relapses is much higher if the patients fail to comply with the treatment, and relapses damage the brain each time.
Therefore, it is extremely important for patients with schizophrenia to do everything to fully comply with the doctor’s recommendation - the patient’s family and relatives can do much to help.22
For drugs to be taken every day, this means control on a daily basis, since it has to be ensured that the patient take the drug at the appropriate time every day, while inIn case of injection therapies, the patient has to visit the doctor as scheduled times. The risk of relapses and hospitalization is increased by short interruption of the treatment or only slight deviations from the prescription.23
In case of recurring symptomsdue totoo low doses of medication or as a result of a life event, a temporary increase of the dose may be necessary to avoid full relapse.1
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