This topic addresses the use of LAI antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia. The pharmacology, administration, comparative side effects and treatment of schizophrenia with standard (non-LAI) antipsychotics are discussed separately as is the management of antipsychotic side effects. The epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of schizophrenia are discussed separately. (See "Pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia: Acute and maintenance phase treatment" and "First-generation antipsychotic medications: Pharmacology, administration, and comparative side effects" and "Second-generation antipsychotic medications: Pharmacology, administration, and side effects" and "Pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia: Side effect management" and "Schizophrenia in adults: Clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis" and "Schizophrenia in adults: Epidemiology and pathogenesis" .)
The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.