Treating Schizophrenia

Gilbert Drugs offers administration of certain injectable anti-psychotics.

Injectable anti-psychotics is usually an extended-release injectable suspension used to help treat symptoms of schizophrenia. The exact way that injectable anti-psychotics work is unknown. It is thought to help restore the balance of brain chemicals by affecting dopamine and serotonin levels. These injectable anti-psychotics can be an alternative to daily oral medications, and can reduce the risk of decompensation. Injectable anti-psychotics is one part of an overall treatment plan and it may take some time to see improvement. Your doctor or healthcare provider will give you the injection intramuscularly into the upper arm or buttocks.

Injectable anti-psychotics must be prescribed by a doctor. Talk to your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using injectable anti-psychotics. Treatment with injectable anti-psychotics will not begin until you establish tolerability to oral paliperidone or oral/injectable risperidone.

This injection is administered by a healthcare provider in an office or clinic. The frequency of getting the injectable anti-psychotics range from biweekly to monthly. Depending on your body’s response, any medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are taking, the doctor will determine the suitable dose.

Taking your injections on time is very important. If you miss or think you will miss your appointment, call your doctor or treatment team immediately. You should not stop receiving injections unless you have discussed this with your doctor or else symptoms may return.

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