Patients with schizophrenia can relapse; however, teaching the patient effective interpersonal coping and health care maintenance can help to lessen the possibility of relapsing.
Good health maintenance is important when treating patients with schizophrenia. Health includes teaching the patient about the medications and the side effects, effective coping strategies such as strategies of relieving stress and stressful situations. In addition, the family should be educated to on what to expect and to prevent the patient from relapsing and the importance of medication and treatment compliance. A good support system consisting of friends, families and medical providers helps to keep the patient on track and can prevent a relapse. The support team should be able to identify symptoms that indicate that the patient is not taking their medications as well as motivating the patient to maintain compliance.
Ziprasidone (Geodon) antipsychotic, used for treating paranoid thinking, hallucinations, and agitation. Rationale for prescribing is to treat the patient symptoms of hallucinations caused by schizophrenia. Inhibits the reuptake of serotonin. Side effects headache, dizziness, weight gain and constipation. Adverse reaction- increase risks for QT intervals, patients with bradycardia, hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia are at risk. Educate patient to avoid tasks that requires alertness, motor skills until drug effects are known.