Medicines like antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics can be highly effective in treating psychiatric disorders, but careful monitoring is essential. At Bright Horizons Psychiatry in North Bethesda, Maryland, Amir Etesam, MD, and his team offer medication management reviews for patients with prescriptions for psychiatric medications. These reviews ensure you get the best results from your medicines with minimal adverse effects. Call Bright Horizons Psychiatry or request a consultation online today to benefit from first-class medication management services.

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What is medication management?

Medication management ensures you take the most effective medicines in the safest way and suffer minimal or no side effects.

Medications often form the basis of mental health treatments, especially for patients with moderate to severe disorders. The main psychiatric drugs include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Stimulants
  • Antipsychotic medicines
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Addiction withdrawal medications

The Bright Horizons Psychiatry team prescribes the drugs they believe are most likely to help you. Sometimes this requires novel combinations to tackle complex problems, but all treatments the team uses are evidence-based.

How do I benefit from medication management?

Medication management offers several benefits:

Better treatment outcomes

Careful medication selection and adjustment is the best way to ensure good results. Some people struggle to find a drug that offers significant benefits, and there are multiple forms of many medicines, especially antidepressants.

If one doesn’t work, another might, but you need a psychopharmacology expert to advise which offers the best chance of success.

Minimal side effects

Any medicine can cause side effects, ranging from dry mouth, sleeping problems, and nausea to severe allergies or organ failure. The Bright Horizons Psychiatry team changes medications that cause you side effects and substitutes them with ones you can tolerate better.

They also check your other medications, including prescriptions for chronic conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, over-the-counter medicines you take frequently, dietary supplements, and herbal or alternative remedies.

Some of these substances interact with harmful results, or one drug may reduce another’s effectiveness.

What does a medication management consultation involve?

When you meet with your Bright Horizons Psychiatry provider, they check your medical history and look at your current medications. It’s a good idea to provide a list of the medicines, supplements, and complementary treatments you use, the dosage, and when you take your meds.

Your provider asks about your symptoms, what progress you’ve made, and any adverse effects you’ve experienced. They also ensure you’ve received an accurate diagnosis of your mental health disorder. After analyzing all of the information they gather, your provider can recommend changes to benefit you.

Regular follow-ups enable the Bright Horizons Psychiatry team to monitor your health and make new alterations if required. You can attend medication management reviews in person or using secure telehealth video link technology.

Call Bright Horizons Psychiatry today to request a medication management review or book an appointment online.