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Associated Conditions for Schizophrenia

Excerpts on associated medical conditions for Schizophrenia:

Schizophrenia: NIMH (Excerpt)

Substance abuse is a common concern of the family and friends of people with schizophrenia. Since some people who abuse drugs may show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, people with schizophrenia may be mistaken for people "high on drugs. While most researchers do not believe that substance abuse causes schizophrenia, people who have schizophrenia often abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and may have particularly bad reactions to certain drugs. Substance abuse can reduce the effectiveness of treatment for schizophrenia. Stimulants (such as amphetamines or cocaine) may cause major problems for patients with schizophrenia, as may PCP or marijuana. In fact, some people experience a worsening of their schizophrenic symptoms when they are taking such drugs. Substance abuse also reduces the likelihood that patients will follow the treatment plans recommended by their doctors. (Source: excerpt from Schizophrenia: NIMH)

Schizophrenia: NIMH (Excerpt)

The most common form of substance use disorder in people with schizophrenia is nicotine dependence due to smoking. While the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. population is about 25 to 30 percent, the prevalence among people with schizophrenia is approximately three times as high. Research has shown that the relationship between smoking and schizophrenia is complex. Although people with schizophrenia may smoke to self medicate their symptoms, smoking has been found to interfere with the response to antipsychotic drugs. Several studies have found that schizophrenia patients who smoke need higher doses of antipsychotic medication. Quitting smoking may be especially difficult for people with schizophrenia, because the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal may cause a temporary worsening of schizophrenia symptoms. However, smoking cessation strategies that include nicotine replacement methods may be effective. Doctors should carefully monitor medication dosage and response when patients with schizophrenia either start or stop smoking. (Source: excerpt from Schizophrenia: NIMH)

List of associated medical conditions for Schizophrenia:

The list of conditions mentioned by various sources as associated with Schizophrenia includes:

About associated conditions for Schizophrenia:

Associated conditions are those which appear statistically related, but do not have a clear cause or effect relationship. Whereas the complications are caused by Schizophrenia, and underlying causes may be causes of Schizophrenia, the following list shows associated conditions that simply appear with higher frequency in people who have Schizophrenia. In some cases, there may be overlap between this list and risk factors for Schizophrenia. People with Schizophrenia may be more likely to get a condition on the list of associated conditions, or the reverse may be true, or both. Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply coincidentally related to Schizophrenia is not always clear. For general information, see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.

 

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