Medication Management

Medication Management

Medical personnels who assist individuals in manage prescribed medications contribute to an individual’s overall improvement in their quality of life, as well as ensure the safety of the patient.

In the long run, patients tend to experience decreased medical costs in the form of fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations, that are usually caused by incorrect dosing or neglecting to take prescribed medications. This service is usually effective with senior patients and developmentally disabled patients. Simply using an over-the-counter reminder device is sufficient in making sure they take their medications as prescribed, but in other cases, more advanced, consistent reminders is necessary.

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Can my prescriber make changes to my medications over the phone?
Medication changes are only made during in-person visits or telepsych. Make sure to keep notes on how you are responding to the medication(s) in terms of both benefits and side effects. You should contact your prescriber between visits if you are experiencing significant (urgent) side effects which your prescriber or pharmacist alerted you to monitor for. In this case, your prescriber will set up an urgent in-person or telepsych visit to discuss the issue. We will not change meds over the phone, nor will we provide lengthy refills over the phone. Also, there are certain meds we cannot call in over the phone i.e. controlled medications.
I lost my prescription or my prescription was stolen. What should I do?

Controlled substances (such as benzodiazepines and stimulants) – In most cases, you will be required to obtain a urine drug screen, and in cases of theft, a police report. Duplicate scripts will be provided at the prescriber’s discretion and will incur a charge.

What is a drug-drug interaction?
A drug-drug interaction is when two drugs interact to produce an unwanted result. The result of this interaction may increase the blood level of one drug resulting in an adverse drug reaction or it may decrease the blood level resulting in a loss of benefit. Most pharmacies now automatically check for drug-drug interactions.
I am not really interested in therapy but I need medication management. Is this available?
We strongly believe that optimal medication management includes ongoing therapy. Requests for medication management without engagement in ongoing therapy will be considered on a case by case basis.
Why did my prescriber only give me a 30 day supply of a medication with no refills?
Certain medications, called controlled substances, are recognized by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency as having a high potential for abuse, dependence, misuse, and diversion, and can be dangerous in certain situations. The use and prescribing of controlled substances is restricted by state and federal regulations. Controlled substances commonly used in psychiatric practice include 1.) Stimulants (such as Ritalin and Adderall) for ADHD and 2.) Benzodiazepines (such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin) for anxiety. For your health and safety, your prescriber maintains vigilance over monitoring your use of these and other controlled substances.

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