Episode 16: Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

Episode 16: Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

Psychopharmacology, Treatment
Today's episode covers the treatment option of long acting injectable antipsychotics, including first generation and second generation options, and also how to appropriately convert a patient from oral antipsychotics to a long-acting injection version. Estimated adherence rate in patients taking oral antipsychotics is about 60%. This can be due to the unpleasant potential side effects from antipsychotics, or due to the patient’s belief that they do not have an illness and do not need the treatment. Additionally, some patients may experience auditory hallucinations telling them that they do not need to take the medication. LAI’s can be an excellent treatment choice for patients who have difficulties with medication compliance. References Sadock, Benjamin James. Sadock, Virginia Alcott. Ruiz, Pedro. Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/clinical Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams…
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