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Re: Non-compliance Squiggles

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 17, 2007, at 8:45:09

In reply to Non-compliance, posted by Squiggles on April 17, 2007, at 7:54:33

> Some drugs (not lithium) have such unbearable side effects that people stop taking them or reduce the dose to below-therapeutic-levels.

Yes! lithium. I have never felt so suicidal as when I was on lithium.

> The consequences of this problem are socially devastating and often lead to suicide or violence.

Non-compliance is a management issue. It speaks to the relationship established between the doctor and patient. No patient should ever feel that non-compliance should be concealed.

> I know that some anti-psychiatry types think that this is a good thing, but i don't.

I question the relevance of this comment. Who cares what critics think?

> So, what do doctors think? What can be done?

Establish and maintain supportive management of the patient.

> More importantly, what do drug companies do?

What does this have to do with drug companies?

Lar

 

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