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I am concerned about the long term effects of haldol injections on my sons physical body and his mental state also. He is 27 and will probably have to take it for the rest of his life. He has schizophrenia. Is that true, does he have to take it for the re

I am concerned about the long term effects of haldol injections on my sons physical body and his mental state also. He is 27 and will probably have to take it for the rest of his life. He has schizophrenia. Is that true, does he have to take it for the re

Talk w/son's doctor: Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic condition requiring long-term treatment. Conventional medicine has no cure for schizophrenia, but helps manage symptoms through judicious use of Haldol (haloperidol) and others. Depot injections especially benefit patients whose illnesses make them not take oral forms. There can be side effects; must balance these vs risk of psychosis. Please discuss with son's psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Can you please discuss the physical symptoms of schizophrenia?

Can you please discuss the physical symptoms of schizophrenia?

Physical Symptoms: Some physical symptoms of schizophrenia include having a blank facial expression, unusual gestures or postures, agitated or repetitive body movements (i.e. Pacing), complete lack of motion or responsiveness (catatonic) and staring. ...Read more

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What physical exercises do you recommend for a person with schizophrenia?

What physical exercises do you recommend for a person with schizophrenia?

Moderate exercise: Moderate aerobic exercise, like walking, swimming, or biking for 30 minutes to an hour three or four times per week is helpful for cardiovascular health. Sit-ups, push-ups, and/or yoga can tone up the body. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia associated with emotional and/or physical abuse as a child?

Is schizophrenia associated with emotional and/or physical abuse as a child?

No Connection: There is no association between schizophrenia and childhood trauma. However, trauma and abuse can be related to the later development of various emotional problems. ...Read more

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What effects will a medical record of schizophrenia have on a person?

Catastrophic: Schizophrenia is a severely debilitating illness which effects all aspects of one's life. There are rarely "high functioning" schizophrenics. Appropriate treatment is critical to decrease the long term decline in functioning. Unfortunately the social stigma is even more devastating than the illness itself. ...Read more

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What are the negative side effects of schizophrenia?

What are the negative side effects of schizophrenia?

Negative Symptoms: Negative symptoms of schizoprhenia can include: feeling anxious or depressed, socially isolating, lack of interest in activities, problems with sleep and appetite & poor concentration. ...Read more

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Have schizophrenia 21yrs. Clozoril works, but low wbc. Others bad side effects. Any suggestions what to do? Taken them all.Nothing else works.

Have schizophrenia 21yrs. Clozoril works, but low wbc. Others bad side effects. Any suggestions what to do? Taken them all.Nothing else works.

How low?: It depends on how low of a WBC count you mean. Prescribing guidelines don't allow Clozaril (clozapine) to be dispensed if WBC count is <3500, or absolute neutrophil count is <2000. As long as your counts equal or surpass these limits, you are safe to continue, esp if it's working for you! please talk with your psychiatrist. For other issues: http://www.Nami.Org/template.Cfm?Section=hearts_and_minds. ...Read more

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Since taking olanzapine (15 mg), I can't feel the effects of Concerta; less motivated. Psychiatrist insists that it's my schizophrenia. What should I?

Since taking olanzapine (15 mg), I can't feel the effects of Concerta; less motivated. Psychiatrist insists that it's my schizophrenia. What should I?

Possible Sedation: It is possible that the Olanzapine is making you feel sedated and lethargic which would make it appear that your Concerta is no longer working. If it is medication side effect, it could improve with time. Continue to discuss your concerns with your doctor and track during which times during the day you feel the symptoms and what time you take your medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I take seroquel (quetiapine) without getting high blood sugar and other side effects? Paranoid schizophrenia dx

Can I take seroquel (quetiapine) without getting high blood sugar and other side effects? Paranoid schizophrenia dx

Yes.: It can cause metabolic syndrome and weight gain as all atypical antipsychotics, but to counteract that, exercise and a healthy diet would help. Monitor your weight. You doctor can check your hemoglobin-AiC, fasting glucose and lipids periodically. ...Read more