Medications are often vital for easing your symptoms and helping you recover from mental health conditions. However, they may cause side effects or present certain risks that need careful monitoring. IC Health Services Inc. in Maryland can optimize your health by helping you manage your medications. The team offers comprehensive medication management services at their locations in Pikesville and Frederick. Call the office nearest you to schedule an in-person or telehealth consultation, or book an appointment online today.
Medication management is an invaluable service whereby your provider regularly reviews your current medications, so you can be sure you're taking the most helpful drugs at the correct doses.
Many behavioral and psychiatric health disorders benefit from a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Therapy is important in helping you and your provider understand your condition, while medications help in managing your hormones and the activity of neurotransmitters in your brain.
These and other effects of medications help to stabilize your mood and moderate your behavior and way of thinking. With effective medication management, your provider can monitor your prescriptions and keep track of the effects of your medication on your overall health.
Medication management is useful in several ways. As your condition changes, you might not need to keep taking the same medications, or you may be able to adjust the dosages. In addition, new medications might become available that have fewer side effects than ones you're currently taking.
Another aspect of medication management is the potential interactions between different drugs. This doesn't just apply to the combination of medications you're taking for a mental health disorder, but to prescription drugs for other medical conditions, over-the-counter treatments, and complementary therapies.
Any of these could change the way your medicines work. With the team’s expertise in medication management, you can be sure you're taking the optimal combination of medicines.
Medication management involves having regular reviews with your provider to look at the medications you're taking and how they affect you. You can discuss any issues you're having with side effects and how well your medication is working.
You can also advise your provider of any changes in your other medications, for example, if your primary care provider has prescribed statins for high cholesterol or metformin for Type 2 diabetes.
If you've started taking any herbal remedies, it's important to let your provider know. St John's Wort, for instance, is a well-known herbal remedy for mild depression, but if you're taking antidepressants, it can increase your risk of a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
IC Health Services Inc. offers telehealth facilities for your medication management reviews as well as in-person consultations. To schedule yours, call or book an appointment online today.