Medication management is helpful if you take medication for a mental health condition and/or if you take more than one medication. At Sound Psychiatry and Wellness, a virtual psychiatry practice that serves Boston, Massachusetts, and Littleton, Colorado, Drew Pittman, PMHNP, uses medication management to reduce the risk of side effects and ensure positive treatment outcomes. He relies on genetic testing to guide his recommendations and make adjustments as necessary. Call Sound Psychiatry and Wellness today to schedule a medication management appointment, or book your visit online.
Yes. If you take one prescription or multiple for a psychiatric condition, like generalized anxiety disorder or major depression, medication management can prevent negative interactions and optimize your treatment results. It also helps monitor how your psychiatric medication interacts with others you may take for a non-mental health condition.
Drew can develop a customized treatment plan that helps you stay healthy. The plan includes directions on safely taking your medicine, a regular refill schedule, and education about possible side effects to watch out for and how to document them.
At Sound Psychiatry and Wellness, Drew prescribes various psychiatric drugs, including:
Because Sound Psychiatry and Wellness is a telepsychiatry practice, Drew is unable to prescribe controlled substances, like stimulants and benzodiazepines. If you want to explore these medications, Drew can refer you to an in-person psychiatric facility in your area.
At Sound Psychiatry and Wellness, medication management starts with a genetic test. Drew orders your test online, and you visit a laboratory in your area that draws a sample of your blood.
The lab analyzes your blood for specific genetic markers that influence how you respond to medication. Drew then uses your test results to identify which psychiatric medications might be less likely to work or increase your risk of negative side effects.
After Drew gets your genetic results from the lab, he develops a personalized medication management plan. Your plan includes:
A medication schedule lists all of the medicines you take, their dosages, and how often they need to be taken. Drew recommends printing your medication schedule out and putting it somewhere you’ll regularly see it –– like the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror.
Mental health conditions, like major depression and generalized anxiety disorder, require long-term care. Regular refills are the foundation of successful medication management. Throughout treatment, Drew monitors your medicines carefully, ensuring you never run out.
Sometimes, psychiatric medicines lose their effectiveness. Drew monitors everyone on medication management with regular checkups. If one or more of your medicines don’t work as well as they used to, Drew can adjust your treatment plan as necessary.
Call Sound Psychiatry and Wellness today to schedule a medication management appointment, or book your visit online.