How do medications treat residual schizophrenia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Antipsychotic medications are the key to treating different types of schizophrenia. There are both older and newer types of antipsychotic medications; the newer types tend to produce fewer side effects, but some of the older medications, specifically clozapine, are very effective for people who do not respond to the newer antipsychotics. Doctors may have to try several different medications before finding the one the person responds to best. People with residual schizophrenia who are also experiencing anxiety or depression may be treated with anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants.

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