Explains what antipsychotics are used for, how the medication works, possible side effects and information about withdrawal.
A depot injection is a slow-release, slow-acting form of your medication. It isn't a different drug – it's the same medication as the antipsychotic you're used to taking in tablet or liquid form. But it's administered by injection, and it is given in a carrier liquid that releases it slowly so it lasts a lot longer.
A depot injection might be a good option for you if:
You may also be given a depot if your doctors agree that you need the drug but feel that you will not take it regularly as prescribed.
As you don't pick up a prescription for a depot injection, you may not be given the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) which would usually come in the drug packet. It's always a good idea to read the PIL carefully before taking any medication, so if you aren't given it you should ask for a copy from the person who gives the injection, or your doctor or local pharmacist.
This information was published in 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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