Explains what antipsychotics are used for, how the medication works, possible side effects and information about withdrawal.
A depot injection is a slow-release form of medication. The injection uses a liquid that releases the medication slowly, so it lasts a lot longer.
Depot injections can be used for various types of drug, including some antipsychotics. The medication used in depot injections is the same as other forms of the drug, such as tablets or liquid.
A depot injection might be a good option for you if:
You may also be given a depot injection if the healthcare professionals involved in your care agree that you need the drug, but think you may struggle to take it regularly in a different form.
But you will usually only be offered a depot injection if:
If you have depot injections, you may not pick up your own prescription for your medication. This may mean you are not given the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) which usually comes 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 can ask for a copy from the person who gives the injection, or your doctor or pharmacist. Or you can see our antipsychotics A-Z for links to PILs for the different forms of antipsychotics, including depot injections.
This information was published in September 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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