Psychiatric Medications should be prescribed by a board certified Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. These providers have studied the pharmacology of psychiatric medications. At Precise, we diagnose psychosis and mental disorders, and then help with comprehensive and caring treatment, which may include medication management.
Medication works differently for each individual, some working better than others, which is why prior to starting your treatment regimen, you will complete a thorough psychological and medical evaluation. The process of finding an appropriate medication usually includes the patient, his or her family members, and doctors working together to make sure the medication is prescribed in a way that supports the patient’s personal recovery goals. All those involved should be provided with sufficient information that will help them choose medications based on current evidence and outcomes. Your specific disorder and lifestyle needs will help to determine which type of psychotropic medication you will be prescribed. Results will be monitored by your treatment team to see how well it is working in alleviating your symptoms and to watch out for any side effects. If a particular medication is not working for you, your psychiatrist or physician will try other types of medication until they find something that provides the best results.
Even though you may feel better, it does not mean that you are cured; it may simply mean that your medications are working and it is imperative that you do not discontinue using them. Your provider will likely require follow up visits to ensure that your medication is continuing to work in alleviating your symptoms and ensure that you are not suffering from any side effects.