Long-acting drugs

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  • In addition to tablets and drops, some drugs are available in form of injections.
  • Injections are administered once a few weeks or once a few months, usually into the gluteal or deltoid muscles.
  • The injection ampoule contains a drug dose, which is being released into blood within a few weeks.
  • If necessary, the injections can be combined with tablets, e.g. sleeping pills.

Jarema M.(red.) Standardy leczenia farmakologicznego niektórych zaburzeń psychicznych, ViaMedica 2015

 

Advantages of long-acting drugs

  • CONFIDENCE that the drug is administered, for patients and their close ones.
  • CONVENIENCE of use, as the injection is made once a few weeks or months and there is no need to remember about taking tablets.
  • STABLE DRUG LEVEL in blood, which improves treatment tolerance.
  • LESS FREQUENT STAYS IN HOSPITAL, because the disease recurs less often.

Subotnik KL et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015

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