Medication management is a dialogue and follow-up process where you will have regularly scheduled appointments to discuss the effects of the medicine prescribed. Through this discussion, the practitioner will make recommendations to adjust the medication to achieve optimal wellness.
For children or adolescents’ information gathering includes a parent or caregiver to communicate improvements, changes in mood, activity, behavior, social interactions, school, or appetite.
Typically, no. We take a common-sense approach and are never going to do anything you don’t like. We continue with medication that results in positive outcomes and discontinue any medications that produce negative side effects.
This is a common question and concern for parents because giving your child any medication is always a concern. Psychotropic medications (drugs used to treat mental health issues) often do not change your child’s personality but can lessen their psychiatric symptoms. For example, children who have depression or acute anxiety may get relief from these symptoms when taking certain medications.
Some people find that medications are beneficial for them. They experience little to no side effects and see benefits from their medication(s). Even for those who experience serious side effects, they may decide—just like with any other type of medicine or medical procedure—that the risks and side effects are worth the benefits.
Other people use medication for short periods. These individuals work with their doctors to adjust their medications based on what is happening in their lives. People may have years go by where they take no medications at all.
It’s important to note that it is dangerous to stop taking medications suddenly. Any changes in medication, whether adding, decreasing, or stopping, should be done in consultation with one of our practitioners.