To improve the likelihood that your loved one's treatment plan will be effective, help him or her:
Dec. 10, 2010
- Take medications as directed. If your loved misses or stops taking prescribed medications, schizophrenia symptoms are likely to come back.
- Pay attention to warning signs. You and your loved one's care team may have identified things that are likely to trigger disorganized schizophrenia symptoms, cause a relapse or prevent your loved one from carrying out daily activities. Make a plan so that you know what to do if symptoms return. Contact your loved one's doctor or therapist if you notice any changes in symptoms or how your loved one feels. Involve other family members or friends in watching for warning signs. Addressing schizophrenia symptoms early on can prevent the situation from worsening.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol. Alcohol and illegal drugs can worsen schizophrenia symptoms. Make sure your loved one gets appropriate treatment for a substance abuse problem.
- Check first before other medications are started. Contact the doctor who's treating your loved one for disorganized schizophrenia before he or she starts medications prescribed by another doctor or starts any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals or supplements. These can interact with schizophrenia medications.
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