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Schizophrenia

My mother was detected with schizophrenia 3 years ago. She was on medication toll last 2 weeks. She stopped taking medication due to weight gain and daily dosage. I have heard of injection depot and rtms, are they safe and equally effective? Is there any drug which does not induce weight gain? How to convince her to take medication? She is in denial for schizophrenia. Please advise I am worried for her.
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Dr. Dushad Ram Mysore | Psychiatrist
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Weight neutral medication are available and Depot injections are helpful if Patient is non-compliant. In many psychiatric illness major problem is less insight particularly in schizophrenia. Ask your Psychiatrist to do something for weight gain and compliance.
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Encourage Patient to take less carbohydrate diet e.g. rice, potato. Regular exercise.
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First I need more detailed history regarding medication intake. Yes depot injections are available which can be given once in 30-45 days. They are very convenient and can be titrated according to patients need. But we need to first come to a proper drug and dosage which suits her. This may require oral drugs for at least 1-2 months. Yes there are many new medications available for schizophrenia which don't increase weight. Rtms not very useful here. Kindly meet a psychiatrist to understand her disease, her denial, her treatment options and some managing tricks. I will be happy to guide you further.
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