Medication Management & Psychopharmacology
Patients with mental illnesses and disorders often need medication. However, medication can cause unwanted side effects if used at improper dosages or in bad combinations. The experienced physicians at Psychiatric Wellness Center offer medication management and psychopharmacology services to patients throughout Bakersfield, California. To make an appointment, patients should call the office today.
What is medication management?
Medication is an important part of treatment for most patients with mental illness. Medication management is a service dedicated to the selection and dosing of medications. Proper medication management ensures that the patient is taking the right medications in the right amount. It also ensures that the patient’s medications don’t produce any dangerous interactions.
Why is medication management necessary?
Every patient is unique and will react to medication differently. Additionally, each medication prescribed poses a risk of certain side effects and complications, and they can also interact with each other, leading to potentially serious problems for the patient. Medication management reduces the patient’s risk of dealing with these issues.
Another important role of ongoing medication management involves ensuring that patients continue to take the medications they need. Patients with mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, need to continue taking their medication to manage symptoms and prevent setbacks. If patients skip the medication they need, they’re more likely to experience severe symptoms related to their disorder.
How often should patients on medication see the doctor?
Patients who take medication for a mental disorder should make an appointment with Psychiatric Wellness Center whenever they need to refill their prescription. Patients should also make an appointment to see the doctor if they begin experiencing worrisome side effects or symptoms related to their medication. Also, if patients feel that their current dosage isn’t as effective as it needs to be, they should contact Psychiatric Wellness Center for an appointment.
How can patients improve the effectiveness of their medication?
Patients can improve the effectiveness of the medications they take by taking only the recommended dosage. Patients should take their medications at the same time every day. They should also follow all the doctor’s other treatment instructions, and they should attend all recommended therapy sessions at Psychiatric Wellness Center.
If patients feel that their medicine isn’t as effective as it should be, they should never try to adjust the dosage on their own. Taking too much or too little medication can be dangerous. Patients should always contact Psychiatric Wellness Center for guidance before making any changes.