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How do medications treat schizophrenia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Antipsychotic drugs work to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia by interfering with brain chemistry. They are designed to intercept brain transmitters that communicate feelings and actions in the brain. These transmitters include dopamine and serotonin. When people who suffer from schizophrenia take these medications, they can function as normally as possible. Antipsychotic medications are available in pills and in injection form, the latter of which is often reserved for those who will not take medication willingly.

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