Psychiatry & Neurology Specialists located in Plant City, FL, New Port Richey, FL & Inverness FL
Whether you take one medication or, like 22% of adults, you take five or more prescription drugs, you’re at risk of side effects and unwanted interactions. Pragnesh Patel, MD, and the experienced team at Instic Health in Plant City, Inverness, Tampa, and New Port Richey, Florida, provide comprehensive medication management to ensure all your medications work harmoniously together toward helping you improve your health and wellness. If you take prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, or dietary supplements, you can benefit from medication management. Call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Medication Management Q & A
Why do I need medication management?
Most people who are diagnosed with chronic health conditions take at least one, and in many cases, multiple medicines. In many cases, these medications are prescribed by different specialists who aren’t aware of all your other prescriptions.
Medication management fills the gap by evaluating and monitoring the medications you take from all physicians. The reason you need medication management is simple: Drugs don’t always play nicely together.
One drug can counteract or amplify the effect of another drug. Additionally, your prescription medications can interact with one another, with certain foods, and dietary supplements.
Medication management ensures you’re not at risk for side effects and that you take the best medications at the right dose. This service also helps avoid addiction if you take pain relievers.
Do I need medication management for psychiatric meds?
Even if you don’t take any other medications, you need medication management for psychiatric medications. There are many psych medications to choose from. For example, there are nearly 30 different types of antidepressants.
Each medication works differently in your body. And every person metabolizes medications differently. Prescribing psychiatric medications often requires some trial and error to find the one that works for you.
Medication management for psychiatric drugs includes:
- Constantly evaluating the drug’s effectiveness
- Monitoring for side effects
- Prescribing new medications as needed
- Changing dosage as needed
- Ordering blood tests when needed
The team at Instic Health offers medication management for as long as you take medications for a mental health disorder.
What happens during medication management?
During your initial medication management appointment, your specialist at Instic Health compiles a comprehensive list of your medications from all your doctors. They also need to know about any over-the-counter medicines and supplements you take.
You don’t need to worry about writing a list or remembering all your meds and supplements. Just toss everything you take into a bag and bring them with you to your first appointment.
After reviewing the list, your medication management expert determines if there are any potential interactions. Then they can make any changes needed to prevent health problems.
If you have prescription medications for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or high blood pressure, Instic Health collaborates with your specialists to ensure your ongoing health and wellness.
Your overall health and response to medications change over time. That’s why Instic Health schedules follow-up medication management appointments.
To learn more about medication management, call Instic Health, or request an appointment online today.