Schizophrenia Drug Checklist

Schizophrenia Drug Checklist

  • Start off with a low dose high-potency antipsychotic medication.
  • Treat side effects of antipsychotic medication.
  • If no positive response in one to two weeks with a low dose high-potency antipsychotic medication, increase the dosage. However keep the dosage as low as possible while still controlling the symptoms.
  • If no positive response after four weeks try a new antipsychotic medication.
  • If Akathisia develops try Inderal, Valium, or Ativan.
  • A psychiatrist should see the patient at least once a month. With regular examination for Tardive Dyskinesia.
  • Guideline for length of drug treatment:
    • One episode: One year.
    • Two episode: Two or more years.


 
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