medications on a daily basis can be a chore, but it becomes
more challenging if thereís lack of understanding of or
misconceptions about your medication.
my practice, I come across many patients who are skeptical
about taking psychiatric medications," says Filza Hussain,
M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health physician.
Hussain says there are a few factors that contribute to this
medication has to be taken every day. Unfortunately,
psychiatric medications donít always work immediately like
pain pills do.
Psychiatric medications often take several weeks to start
Patients worry about how their medications will affect them,
both with side effects and risk of addiction.
noted that prescription medications referred to as
antidepressants are also effective anti-anxiety medications.
results, you must take these medications consistently, she
says. If youíve been taking your medication for at least six
weeks without much benefit, ask your physician to look at the
dose you were prescribed. The medication dose needs to be
optimized before you can determine the medicationís
psychiatric medications are habit forming. These medications
are considered controlled substances. Your physician will
prescribe these types of medications only when absolutely
necessary. The most commonly prescribed antidepressant
medications arenít habit-forming or addictive.
some medications may cause increase anxiety or irritability,
this response isnít common. If thereís a change in your
behavior after taking a particular medicine, speak with your
physician to help you to find a more suitable option.
had side effects from one medication, you wonít necessarily
experience the same side effects on similar medications.
youíre having issues with medications, promptly contact your
health care team. Discontinuing medications on your own is not
a good idea," adds Dr. Hussain. "Donít wait until
your next appointment, because you lose precious time and
spend days suffering unnecessarily. Your physician wants to
help you find medication that works for you."