Medication Regimen

Your mental health treatment process may include psychiatric testing, psychotherapy, changes in lifestyle and diet, and medications. It is critical to take your psychiatric medications exactly as your doctor prescribed them.

After being on a medication regimen for some time, many patients feel that they are doing much better, and life has become pleasant again. Their symptoms are gone; it appears the condition has been cured. These feelings of increased well-being sometimes lead patients to believe they don’t need their medication anymore, and thus to stop taking it. When this happens, the symptoms and the illness are likely to return.

When a patient on a long-term medication regimen notices that symptoms have abated or disappeared, this is likely because of the medication.

Another scenario when people often stop taking medication is when they do not feel it is working. Please remember that it may take up to four to six weeks to see any improvement. Your doctor prescribed the medication that is best for your condition, and it is important to allow the medication time to work with your body chemistry.

Compliance with your prescribed medication regimen is one of the most important steps in your journey to wellness.

Sometimes a person needs to try several medications before finding the right one. Doctors and patients can work together to find the best medication, or combination of medications, and dose. When it is time to stop the medication, the doctor will help the patient slowly and safely decrease the dose. Again, it’s important to give the body time to adjust to the change. Stopping a medication abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms and the return of your illness.

Below is a list of questions provided by the National Institutes of Mental Health to ask your doctor if you have been prescribed a psychiatric medication:

  • What is the name of the medication?
  • What is the medication supposed to do?
  • How and when should I take it?
  • How much should I take?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • When and how should I stop taking it?
  • Will it interact with other medications I take?
  • Do I need to avoid any types of food or drink while taking the medication? What should I avoid?
  • Should it be taken with or without food?
  • Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking this medication?
  • What are the side effects? What should I do if I experience them?
  • Is the Patient Package Insert for the medication available?

Your question and concerns are always welcome here at HAHA, and Dr. Umugbe will discuss your medication with you to make you feel comfortable.

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