Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community: Policy, Practice, and Research

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CHAPTER 11
The Administration and
Monitoring of
Neuroleptic Medication

Peter Pratt


KEY ISSUES

INTRODUCTION

This chapter explains the role of neuroleptics in the treatment and management of psychoses. The rational basis of drug treatment is explained, but the reader is directed to specific texts such as the British National Formulary for prescribing details of individual drugs. The benefits and side-effects of treatments are explained in such a way that the information can readily be incorporated into explanations for patients and carers. To differentiate the real and apparent differences between the various neuroleptics, dose equivalents and the financial implications of neuroleptic treatment are also described. Emphasis is placed on the importance of optimising treatment through systematic assessment and treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and their carers, and access to a specialist pharmacist in the multidisciplinary team.


TERMINOLOGY

Before discussing medication used in the treatment or management of serious mental health problems, it is important to establish a

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