Carmen Kosicek, MSN, PMHNP, is the CEO of Alay Health Team, a psychiatric prescribing provider located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin that uses telehealth to expand the reach of psychiatric services in rural areas.

BLOG: LAI antipsychotics as first-line treatment for schizophrenia

In my experience, the benefits associated with LAI antipsychotic treatment options continue to be welcomed by most patients. Numerous prescription products are now offered in an injection form and perceived as mainstream. Ease of dosing once a month, or longer, relieves patients of the burden of remembering to take a pill. LAI antipsychotics can be administered once every month or every six weeks or once quarterly, and remain in the body for an extended period. Not offering LAIs in today’s healthcare climate ages a prescribing provider in many consumer’s minds.

More education is crucial to address the current stigma and misconceptions around LAI antipsychotics. As clinicians, it is our role to become educated on the treatment options that will yield the greatest outcomes for our patients and finding what makes sense for each individual case. Challenging our norms and old ways of thinking on behalf of patients should be a top priority to leverage interventions that can improve adherence and outcomes.

Disclosure: Kosicek reports serving as CEO of Alay Health Team and authoring Nurses, Jobs and Resumes: Resume Revisions for RNs From the New Grad RN to the Experienced RN and Nurses, Jobs and Money: A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary.

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