Mental Health Medications – Follow Your Treatment Plan

Mental Health Medications – Follow Your Treatment Plan

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take medications correctly and chances are, this isn’t the first time you are hearing this. Medications can play a key role in treating several mental disorders and conditions. Treatment plans are designed based on a person’s individual needs, history, and medical situation by a mental health professional’s care. Below are some of the common excuses for patient’s deviating from their treatment plan.


Psychiatric medications are an important part of treatment for many people who live with mental illness, but the price can sometimes be an obstacle. There are many resources available to make sure that you get the medication that you need. Click here to see the different ways to get help paying for your medications. Don’t have insurance? Talk with your local pharmacy – they are here to help.

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Side Effects:

Predicting who will respond to what medication can be difficult because different medications may work better for one person than for another. That is why it is important to listen to your doctor’s instructions on taking medications. Many search online and try to to “self medicate.” Doctor’s go through years of schooling, review clinical records, consider family history and side effects when prescribing, leave the treatment planning to them!

Now this doesn’t mean just to do everything they say and not ask questions. It is important to have a relationship with your health care professionals. Keep two way communication and let them know what you are experiencing. Medications like antipsychotics can produce unpleasant or dangerous side effects when taken with certain medications. For this reason, doctors and pharmacists need to be aware of all the medications that a person is taking, including over the counter medications and herbal supplements.  Always discuss potential side effects with your pharmacist before taking your medication.

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It’s Not Working:

Some people may have relapse – their symptoms come back or get worse. Usually, relapses happen when people stop taking their medication or only take it sometimes. Some people stop taking their medication because they feel better or they may feel they don’t need it anymore. You may need to take medication for weeks or months before seeing improvement.  Sometimes it is not the right medication for you. When it is time to stop, especially when taking antipsychotics, consult with your doctor and they will help you slowly and safely decrease the dose. It is important not to stop abruptly. Treatment works best when it is continuous, rather than on and off.

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“Oops! I was suppose to take that pill last night.” We all say this sometimes, but when taking psychiatric medication, it is very important to take them correctly for the best treatment outcome. In some cases, medications are a part of an overall plan to reduce symptoms so other methods of a psychiatric treatment plan can be more effective. It should be taken that the right dose for the right amount of time. There are many resources out there to help take medications on time. Use medication reminders, pill cases, blister packs, or Dispill packaging to take your medications on time.

Treatment typically consists of pills or capsules. Some can be available as liquids, injections, patches, or dissolvable tablets. If you have trouble taking your medications because of the method, talk to your doctor or pharmacist because he or she may have options that better suit your needs.

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Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects, treatment plans, and medication management before taking a medication. For questions, call our pharmacy at 919.856.9502 or email at