My brother has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and refuses to take any medication. Kindly help.

Q. How to tackle the behavioral issues of a schizophrenic person unwilling to take medications?

Answered by
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 25, 2023

Hello doctor,

My brother is being extremely unbearable these days. He also had these symptoms of beating his head and speaking intensely rudely six months back. We took the help of a psychiatrist, where he was diagnosed and treated for schizophrenia, after which he became normal. He was taking Zisper and Zapiz. Two years later, after college admission, he started taking medicines on his own, but in the hostel, he again dropped into addiction. For three months, he has become extremely rude, not attending classes and not studying anything. What should we do? Should we consult a psychologist or psychiatrist?

Kindly help.

Thank you.



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I went through your query and understood your situation. Your brother has schizophrenia, and you need to take him to the nearest psychiatrist for medication. He needs to take antipsychotic medication at any cost. You can restart the same medications; it will help him. If he is not ready to take medication, you can start long-acting antipsychotic injections like Risperdal Consta (Risperidone) after consulting the specialist doctor. It is effective for 14 to 21 days. He should take the medicines daily.

Kindly revert for further queries.

Thank you.

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