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Schizophrenia

Hi, My mother suffers from schizophrenia. She got it 2.5 years back. She would listen to sounds that did not exist, she would feel some one is hurting her loved ones. She would say bad things to others. While medicines were effective but she suffered from constant constipation, bloating, belching and insomnia and also lost interest in working. The only thing she talks about how medicines made her life worse. Now she only takes 1/4th of prescribed medicines and cries many times and blames us for those medicines. Every morning she cries for at least 3 hours. However symptoms which she initially had do not exist. What to do?
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Dr. Santanu Nath Kolkata | Biological Psychiatrist
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A patient suffering from schizophrenia should and must take the prescribed medications. Stopping medication or reducing the dose will lead to increased symptoms and consequent burden. At present I think she is having secondary depression. Please take her to the psychiatrist so that this part is dealt with.
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Dr. Suleman Virani Nagpur | Psychiatrist
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Your mother is having schizophrenia and that is very well treated by professional. The question is side effects also have negative impact on psyche of patient to take it long term. There are 50% patients who stop medicines and relapse. So make sure she discusses her problems with psychiatrist and medicine modification could be done. Also the possibility of depression is definitely there. Doctor can treat that as well and her compliance will definitely increase. Good luck.
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hi, i understand that this is a tough situation. one thing you need to understand is that schizophrenics have a tendency to avoid medicines. please make sure she takes the full dose as prescribed. Also do visit a psychologist in your area and seek therapy for her. schizophrenics respond well with medicines accompanied with therapy.
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I understand that your mother was not tolerating the prescribed medicine. But you should know that there are a number of medicines available and not every one suits every patient. Therefore I would suggest you to visit the psychiatrist and discuss the possibility of changing the medications.
Also people with Schizophrenia have a high risk of going into depression. Your mother needs to be evaluated for the same and appropriate medications should be started if she is find to be suffering from depression among with Schizophrenia.
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Keep a regular follow up. If you don't visit the doctor again and discuss your problems, then he will not be able to help you to the best of his abilities.
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