When Is It Time to Discuss a Medication Adjustment With Your Psychiatrist?
Mental and emotional well-being plays a huge role in a person’s health. For those living with anxiety or depression, psychiatric medications can help further progress, especially when used alongside therapy. However, after a few months, it’s possible these medications may have negative side effects. A patient may also feel like there’s room for improvement. When this happens to you, it’s best to make an appointment with a psychiatrist to see what potential changes would help.
How to Gauge the Effectiveness of Psychiatric Medication
Before having a discussion about medication management, give yourself time to gauge its effectiveness, as it could take up to eight weeks for an antidepressant to be fully effective. This is especially true if your medication requires a gradual increase in the dosage until it’s full.
If you’re experiencing negative side effects, it’s important to contact your psychiatrist right away. It is helpful to inform them of exactly what side effects you experienced and when so that they can work with you to resolve the matter.
If you’re experiencing severe or life-threatening side effects, seek medical care immediately.
What are Common Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications?
The most common non-life-threatening side effects include dry mouth, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and sexual dysfunction. If you experience these or any negative side effects, notify your psychiatrist to determine the best plan of action.
If you are looking for mental health treatment options, contact the team at PTI. The privately held health care system offers thorough, accurate interventions with the patient in mind. We offer virtual meetings to help you maintain your privacy. Please visit the website or call (225) 751-5412 to make an appointment.