Misconceptions about drug therapies

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Both the patients and their families may be concerned because of the many misconceptions about the medication treatment of schizophrenia.

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In addition to the side effects, the possibility of becoming addicted may be alarming, as well. However, antipsychotic drugs do not cause addiction in patients and they do not “cheer up” (make euphoric) the patients.

Another misconception about the antipsychotic agents is that they control the mind by acting as some sort of “chemical straight jacket”. Nevertheless, administered in appropriate doses, the antipsychotic drugs do not “knock out” the patient and do not deprive the patient of the ability of independent thinking. Some antipsychotic drugs may also have sedative and drowsy effects, which can be useful at the beginning of the treatment, in particular if the patient is very agitated. The dose can be adjusted or the therapy can be switched to another drug, when proper control of symptoms is reached.

Medication treatment is the basis of the schizophrenia treatment and the most effective method of controlling disease symptoms which allow the patients to begin other forms of treatment and rebuild their life.

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