Advertisement

What happens if I go off my schizophrenia medications?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
If a person with schizophrenia stops taking his medications, he may experience a relapse of his symptoms. This sometimes happen when people feel that they have fully recovered and do not need the medications anymore. Relapses can also occur when people do not take their medications as directed. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who do not maintain medical treatment for schizophrenia might have more problems than those who manage their illness well. Some people with schizophrenia may do better receiving injectable medications for their illness, especially if they have trouble with medication compliance. Schizophrenia medications should not be stopped suddenly. If you have schizophrenia and your doctor advises you to discontinue your medication, be certain to follow the directions to slowly reduce your dose to avoid harmful results.

Continue Learning about Schizophrenia

People with Schizophrenia at Higher Risk of Violence, Suicide
People with Schizophrenia at Higher Risk of Violence, Suicide
It’s long been a stereotype with an unfortunate underlying nugget of truth: that people with schizophrenia are more prone to violence and suicide. A l...
Read More
How can I help a spouse who has schizophrenia?
Douglas E. Severance, MDDouglas E. Severance, MD
If your spouse has schizophrenia, you can help by supporting his or her medical and psychosocial...
More Answers
What are common myths and misconceptions about schizophrenia?
World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH)World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH)
There are many misconceptions and myths about schizophrenia. There is evidence that such myths help ...
More Answers
What Is Schizophrenia?
What Is Schizophrenia?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.