Helpful Insights forPatients and Caregivers

Key Reminder

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  • LAIs are medicines which are made to help individuals living with mental illness. 
  • LAIs may help to reduce time in the hospital and increase quality of life. 
  • LAI injections are given every 2-12 weeks depending on which medicine is best. This schedule may help individuals stick to a medicine plan.
  • For individuals worried about paying for a LAI, help may be available. Many insurance plans should help cover the cost of one of the LAIs. The drug company for each medicine may also be able to help.

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