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The role of medication 

The role of medication
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The role of medication
Author(s):

Tom Burns

, and Mike Firn

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198754237.003.0007
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date: 17 October 2019

This chapter focuses mainly on the importance of maintenance antipsychotic medication and mood stabilizers. It examines procedures to support persistence with these drugs and maintain engagement. The techniques for initiating and monitoring clozapine therapy in the community for patients with resistant schizophrenia are outlined. The practical processes for ensuring and conducting regular structured reviews of long-term medication, both to assess progress and to identify side effects, are described in detail. In addition, the judicious use of antidepressants and benzodiazepines is outlined.

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