Medication Update: Research raises questions about long-acting antipsychotics

Medication Update

Research raises questions about long-acting antipsychotics

Published: February, 2008

When a person with psychosis has trouble complying with a medication regimen, one option offered is an injection of a long-acting antipsychotic. Previous studies concluded that such injections increase the likelihood of treatment adherence.

However, a study of nearly 2,700 patients being treated in the community suggests otherwise. It found that most patients receiving the injections eventually opted out of them, and that many chose instead to return to oral medications.

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