3. Supporting your family member’s recovery

Supporting your relative in taking medications

There are several things you can do to support your relative in taking their medications as prescribed, including:

    acknowledging the concerns they have about taking the medication
    helping set up routines for taking medications (e.g., using a pill box organizer, placing medication by their toothbrush, setting an alarm or taking medication at the same time each day)
    providing reminders of the benefits of taking the medication and the risks of not taking the medication
    discussing any emergent concerns with the treatment team and encouraging your relative to do the same
    learning the benefits and risks of taking the medications
    understanding that it is usually difficult for people to accept that they need to take medication on a daily basis.

CAMH’s website has helpful information about antipsychotic medication.