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When to Talk to Your Psychiatrist About Adjusting Your Medication

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There are a lot of options when it comes to psychiatric medications. This can make it difficult to know if you’re choosing the right one, or even if you’re reporting your symptoms accurately. After all, the prescribing doctor is the expert, right? That’s why it’s vital that you pay careful attention to how your medication makes you feel. Maintain open channels of communication with your psychiatrist, and don’t be afraid to reach out for clarification or advice. Here are three times when you should talk to your psychiatrist about adjusting your medication.

You Have Intolerable Side Effects

Plenty of medications have side effects. Depending on the severity and nature of the effects, many people decide that the beneficial effects of their medication outweigh the side effects. If, however, you’re experiencing side effects that won’t go away and are intolerable, contact your psychiatrist. The whole idea is to improve the quality of your life, not make it more unpleasant. Some side effects are very serious, so if you start experiencing signs of an allergic reaction like rash, trouble breathing, or swelling, call 911 or safely get to your nearest emergency room. Then, get in contact with your psychiatrist as soon as possible.

Your Medication Stopped Working

It’s an unfortunate reality that sometimes a medication that was working well for us suddenly stops working. If this happens, know that it’s not your fault. Sometimes this just happens. Talk to your psychiatrist about trying a new medication; there are a lot of options! Depending on your symptoms, there might even be options other than medication and traditional, talk therapy.

Your Symptoms Have Changed

Diagnosis can be a tricky business, and mental health professionals can only do their best. If you develop a new symptom, lose a symptom, or generally experience your symptoms differently, let your psychiatrist know. They may want to adjust your medication to make it more appropriate for you. Medication management works best when you’re as open and honest with your provider as possible. Try to let your psychiatrist know as soon as you can if you need to speak with them. Here at Connections Wellness, we want the best for you. Our medication management team works to get you on the road to recovery so that you can get back to living the life you want to be living. Contact us today to talk more about our services or adjusting your medication.