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||NICE 'do not do' recommendation
||Do not use a loading dose of antipsychotic medication (often referred to as rapid neuroleptisation).
||Do not initiate regular combined antipsychotic medication, except for short periods (for example, when changing medication).
||Do not routinely offer counselling and supportive psychotherapy (as specific interventions) to people with schizophrenia. However, take service user preferences into account, especially if other more efficacious psychological treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family intervention and arts therapies, are not available locally.
||counselling and supportive psychotherapy|
||Do not offer adherence therapy (as a specific intervention) to people with schizophrenia.
||Do not routinely offer social skills training (as a specific intervention) to people with schizophrenia.
||social skills training|
||[For pharmacological interventions], do not use targeted, intermittent dosage maintenance strategies routinely. However, consider them for people with schizophrenia who are unwilling to accept a continuous maintenance regimen or if there is another contraindication to maintenance therapy, such as side-effect sensitivity.
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