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Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that affects your emotions, thinking, and behavior. Your brain has a hard time knowing what is real.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if

  • You think about killing yourself or someone else.
  • You have a rash, swelling, or trouble breathing after you take your medicine.

When should I call my doctor?

  • You feel that you are having symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • You are not able to sleep well, or are sleeping more than usual.
  • You cannot eat or are eating more than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


Do not stop taking your medicine even if you feel better.

  • Antipsychotics: These help decrease psychotic symptoms and severe agitation. You may need antiparkinson medicine to control muscle stiffness, twitches, and restlessness caused by antipsychotic medicines.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your psychiatrist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Do not stop taking your medicines. Tell your healthcare provider or psychiatrist if you have any problems with or questions about your medicines.
  • Do not stop your therapies. It is normal to have doubts about or to feel discomfort with your therapy. Tell your healthcare provider or psychiatrist if you are not comfortable or have questions about your therapies.
  • Get regular sleep.: Try to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Tell your healthcare provider or psychiatrist if you are not able to sleep, or if you are sleeping too much.
  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol interacts with medicine used to treat schizophrenia.

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