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carer or advocate should be consulted where possible and appropriate. Although there are limitations with advanced directives regarding the choice of treatment for individuals with schizophrenia, it is recommended that they are developed and documented in individuals' care programmes whenever possible.

(9)Antipsychotic therapy should be initiated as part of a comprehensive package of care that addresses the individual's clinical, emotional and social needs. The clinician responsible for treatment and key worker should monitor both therapeutic progress and tolerability of the drug on an ongoing basis. Monitoring is particularly important when individuals have just changed from one antipsychotic to another.

(10)Atypical and typical antipsychotic drugs should not be prescribed concurrently except for short periods to cover changeover of medication.

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