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Health Tip: Taking Medications for Schizophrenia

Medications are available to help manage schizophrenia, but they need to be taken correctly to maximize effectiveness.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines for taking schizophrenia medication:

  • Take your medication at the same time each day.
  • Be sure to drink a lot of fluids.
  • As the medication can increase your sensitivity to temperature, avoid hot weather and wear layers of clothing in cold weather.
  • Never discontinue your medication before talking with your doctor.
  • Discuss any side effects or related problems with your doctor.

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Women and Age-Related Eye Problems

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22 Oct 2010 11:06 AM

I was just remarking to my husband this morning that I really need to get a new pair of glasses. Since I wear contacts most of the time, glasses haven’t been a high priority.

I usually only wear them in the morning before I’ve gotten a chance to pop those contacts in for the day. When I do wear my glasses, I tend to go around in a pair that is all scratched up, with one mismatched arm and frames that are slightly bent from being used my our youngest child to help his teddy bear see.

Okay, so I need to schedule an appointment. It really is pathetic to be using these glasses at all.

There is another reason to get my eyes checked now. That is the fact that women are more likely than men to suffer from age related diseases and conditions. Some are simple and correctable. Having to wear glasses or stretch your arm out to read is a common result of aging eyes, as the muscles become weaker and less flexible. While I haven’t experienced that yet, I know that other conditions are much more serious.

Macular degeneration and glaucoma is more likely to appear in women than in men, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). Because of this, the NEI recommends that women get a baseline eye exam at around 40 years old and regular annual checks starting at age 50. If you have a family history of eye disease, you should start even earlier.

Any vision changes should be checked out as well, even if you think it is as result of simply getting older. The risk of these diseases starts increasing in your 40s if you are a woman.

Your eyes are so precious, so you want to make sure that you take good care of them and monitor your eye health.

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