Managing Prescription Medication
Medication Management is the use of prescription medication to control symptoms of behavioral health problems. A prescription for medication can be written by a physician (MD), Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (APRN).
The use of medications has had significant success in controlling problem symptoms. For example, a clinically depressed patient can have his/her depression alleviated enough to be able to return to work and resume other activities of daily living. This helps not just the patient but also his/her family. Likewise, patients who experience anxiety, mood swings, ADHD and other problems very often find relief by using medication.
There are many different medications available and the med provider decides, after gathering a full history, which one(s) to use. After a patient starts medication the provider generally will want to see him/her back in the office in two weeks to see how he/she is doing. Often it takes time to find the most effective medication for a patient. Dosages might need to be changed, different medications tried, others added to help with side effects, etc. Part of medication management now may include DNA testing. (Read more about this under Pharmacogenetics on the "Services" tab on the Home page.) Once the patient is stable, appointments can be spaced out to be several months apart.
Sometimes in life a person experiences an acute problem situation and medication helps during this time. When the situation resolves itself the patient is able to discontinue using medication. Other patients have chronic conditions and use medication on an ongoing basis.
If a provider decides medication is appropriate for a patient, it can often greatly improve the quality of life for the patient and his/her family.