In the 1950’s antipsychotic drugs reformed the treatment for schizophrenia, aiding in the reduction of patients hospitalized for this disease. Studies show that antipsychotics are effective for managing acute psychotic episodes, maintenance treatment, and reduce suicide rates in this population that is especially at risk. But patients are also often tempted to discontinue their medication treatment because they don’t believe they have an illness or because of the numerous associated side effects. In a recent study, researchers assessed that cognitive therapy alone proved to be highly effective in decreasing psychotic symptoms and in improving function compared with patients treated with standard medication and cognitive therapy.
How often do you encounter patients discontinuing their antipsychotic meds without consulting with a physician? What types of side effects do patients most often complain about?
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