Psychotropic Medication Management
Using the right medication appropriately under the right conditions can be invaluable to assuring health and well being.
Medication Management includes prescribing medication, and includes the initial evaluation of the patient's need for psychotropic medications, the provision of a prescription, and, as-needed, ongoing medical monitoring/evaluation related to the patient’s use of the psychotropic medication.
Research has shown that many patients are either under or over medicated and not at an optimal level of medication that would help them in the recovery process.
With medication management, the Psychiatrist or Physician will monitor the medication’s effectiveness as well as its symptoms and side effects; medications that are not working well will not be continued. If the patient has partially responded to the medicine, the Psychiatrist or Physician will look at the next steps and with the family they will decide what might be more effective.
What is the review process?
Once initiated, the patient can expect to try an antipsychotic medication for at least 1-2 weeks to determine its effectiveness. When a new medication is being started, the patient and parent/guardian will meet with the Psychiatrist or Physician on a frequent basis to discuss how he/she is feeling.
Severity of the symptoms and side effects that might be occurring plus overall functioning will be evaluated at each visit. The patient will be asked to share information about how the patient is feeling and behaving since starting the medication.
In order to thoroughly understand the patient experiences, the Psychiatrist or Physician will ask a lot of questions about his/her symptoms or side effects, such as how often they occur, when they occur, how long they last, how bothersome they are or how much they interfere with daily activities. Family members will be asked to share their observations.