Medications play a vital role in treating serious mental and physical illnesses, but your prescriptions must be reviewed regularly to ensure you’re on the safest, most appropriate medications. Medications need often change over time. If you need help with medication management, Michelle Zyla, APRN, PMHNP-BC, in Peoria, Arizona, can help. Michelle offers exceptional services to her patients. Call Minds In Balance Psychiatry to discuss medication management and other services available, or book a consultation online today.

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What is medication management?

Medication management ensures that any prescriptions and other medicines you take are beneficial to your health and do not pose an unnecessary risk.

Many take more than one medication daily, and some take multiple medicines. These are all meant to improve your health or help control unpleasant symptoms, but every drug has the potential to cause undesirable side effects.

New and better drugs and treatments are coming onto the market all the time, and some might cause fewer side effects or pose a lower risk of reacting with other medications you might be taking.

Reviewing your medicines regularly enables your Minds In Balance Psychiatry provider, Michelle, to check that you’re on the best, safest medications and receiving the correct dose.

Why do I need medications for mental health conditions?

Most mental health problems respond best to a combination of medication and talk therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other forms of psychotherapy are vital to recovery from mental illness, and Michelle always uses an appropriate form of talk therapy to treat her patients.

However, medications can also be invaluable. Mental health conditions often have links to imbalances in brain chemicals or faulty signals coming from the brain’s neurotransmitters. Medications can help rebalance these chemicals so your brain is functioning more normally.

What kinds of medications might I be taking?

You could take various medicines for physical illnesses, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and often herbal and other natural remedies too. These all have the potential to interact with one another, sometimes with adverse consequences.

In addition, medications you might be taking for a mental health disorder may include:

  • SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
  • SNRIs (selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors)
  • Bupropion
  • Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants
  • MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Stimulants
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Anticonvulsant drugs

Michelle’s medication management program ensures that the combination of medicines you’re taking isn’t putting you at risk.

In addition to reviewing all the medications and combinations you’re taking and adjusting them where appropriate, Michelle also reviews how well you’re doing with mental health medications. For instance, if your current type of antidepressant isn’t having a noticeable effect, you might be better off trying an alternative antidepressant.

To find out more about medication management, call Minds In Balance Psychiatry to schedule a consultation or use the online form to request one today.