Long Acting Injectables May Be the Answer for Some with Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder

Many people with a daily medicine routine have trouble remembering to take their medicine. Whether it is because they don’t think they need it or simply forgetting, there can be a very real consequences to forgetting to take a prescribed medicine.

Those taking medicines for mental health reasons are especially susceptible to not taking their medicines as prescribed. Often times individuals feel as though they don’t need the medicine, or that they are now “better” when in fact that is simply the medicine working. For those with Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder, Long Acting Injectables (LAIs) offer an alternative to a daily pill.

Long Acting Injectable medications are given by a medical provider or nurse in the office, meaning you’ll have to set an appointment to get your medicine. However, these medicines work for an extended period of time; Anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the medication.

LAIs work a little differently than a traditional pill medication. They keep a steady supply of the medicine in the blood stream throughout the dosage, giving you a lower chance of side effects. Those who are on LAIs have a much lower chance of relapse/re-occurance; about 5% compared to 33% on pill medications. Plus the added bonus of one less pill to remember throughout the day!

Most insurances will cover these injectable medications, and medication assistance programs are available as well. If you think an injectable medication is right for you, talk with your provider at your next visit.

For questions about mental/behavioral health, talk to a member of our team at 502-774-4401 Ext. 1224

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