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The most common type of treatment for Schizophrenia is medication; usually, this will take the form of an anti-psychotic medicine. Presently, this is the most effective way of treating the symptoms of schizophrenia; however, these drugs are not a cure for the illness – they simply provide a way to help relieve the symptoms.

The majority of schizophrenic patients benefit from taking anti-psychotic medication. Some sufferers, however, find that the medicine does not ease their symptoms; in these instances, sufferers may often feel that it is best to discontinue the treatment, due to unpleasant side effects. Individual patients have individual needs, and so doctors have to estimate correct dosages based on individual assessments. Note that some patients do not appear to need antipsychotics at all.

Antipsychotic drugs can have side effects. For patients taking the medication for the first time, common side effects can include muscular tremors/spasms, a dry mouth, blurred vision, drowsiness and restlessness. These symptoms can usually be treated by simply altering the dosage, using other medications to treat them, or prescribing a different type of anti-psychotic: different anti-psychotic drugs suit different patients.

In addition to immediate side effects, long-term use of anti-psychotics can lead to more serious problems; of particular note is the potential for the development of the Tardive Dyskinesia disorder. This disorder causes involuntary movements in the body, and usually affects the mouth, lips and tongue, and occasionally the limbs. ITD is much more common in people who have been prescribed the older types of anti-psychotics, particularly if they have been prescribed for a lengthy period of time.

Whilst anti-psychotics are very effective at removing the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, they are less helpful for patients who have difficulty with enthusiasm, motivation, social interaction and emotional expression. Sometimes, psychosocial interventions can be more beneficial, helping people to improve their social skills and to return to living a fuller life.

 

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