Relapse Prevention in Patients With Schizophrenia
J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(4):e11
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Remission is a realistic goal for patients with schizophrenia, and, if
sustained remission can be achieved, then patients may eventually attain
functional recovery. The chance of relapse is decreased if patients are adherent
to their pharmacotherapeutic treatment regimen. This case explores how to
prevent relapse for a patient with schizophrenia and comorbid substance use
disorder who is nonadherent to an oral atypical antipsychotic. To help the
patient achieve treatment goals, intervention strategies such as switching
medications and implementing psychosocial therapies are considered.
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