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How To Convince A Schizophrenic Patient To Take Medicines?

How to convince a schizophrenia patient to take his medicimes? 35 years, 6ft, 92kgs My son is 35 years old and is diagonised with schizophrenia. He refuses to take medicine prescribed by Doctor on his own.How to convince him to take his medicines on his own?
Mon, 11 Aug 2014
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Hi there,

Thanks for writing to us,

One of the hallmarks of Schizophrenia is a poor insight into their illness. They are unaware that they are ill, hence they do not see a reason to take medication. It may become necessary to supervise their medications on a daily basis, no matter how old they are. If it gets increasingly difficult, then you may ask your doctor to prescribe a long acting Depot preparation where he will need to take an injection every 15-30 days with less medicines.

Hope this helps,
Dr A Rao
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How To Convince A Schizophrenic Patient To Take Medicines?

Hi there, Thanks for writing to us, One of the hallmarks of Schizophrenia is a poor insight into their illness. They are unaware that they are ill, hence they do not see a reason to take medication. It may become necessary to supervise their medications on a daily basis, no matter how old they are. If it gets increasingly difficult, then you may ask your doctor to prescribe a long acting Depot preparation where he will need to take an injection every 15-30 days with less medicines. Hope this helps, Dr A Rao