Managing medication therapy isn’t easy, and proper medication management and compliance are essential to ensure the best possible results.
The advantages of having your medication managed by a professional include:
- Increased adherence
- Reducing medication errors
- Reduced adverse reactions
- Avoidance of unnecessary therapy
- Less stress on the patient
Reasons to Consider Professional Medication Management
At Arcara Psychiatry, we recognize that a medication regime is highly personalized, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Some medications that are beneficial to one patient may have adverse side effects for others.
When considering professional medication management, you will be provided with a full medical assessment. A provider will assess each of your individual medications, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and any vitamins and supplements you take to determine if they are both appropriate and safe o take together.
Your mental health care goes hand-in-hand with your physical health and overall well-being. When you participate in medication management by a nurse practitioner or other provider, you gain access to a trained health care team member who will monitor your response to medication. The provider will also be available to answer any questions you may have.
Pharmacological treatment often plays a role in the treatment of mental health issues such as depression, stress, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other disorders. Medication management may be necessary for an individual to manage their medication regime long-term, or it may only be necessary until the patient is stabilized on the right medication for them.
Professional medication management for depression and other mental health disorders is an ongoing process to help ensure that the care you receive remains appropriate. Our team will help monitor your response to the medication, track other medication, and evaluate other goals or changes and obstacles you may encounter during treatment.
How Does Professional Medication Management Work
Our team of professionals at Arcara has studied the mind-body connection and understands the importance of treating the whole person. With professional medication management, you can expect a comprehensive assessment, along with:
- Healthy lifestyle advice for improved mental and physical health
- Monitoring the safety of your medications
- Monitoring how well your medications are working for you
- Referrals as needed
- Conveniently located offices in Boston and Westborough
- A discussion of your medication options and a reliable resource for any questions you may have
- Psychiatric evaluation when needed
Your prescribed medications will be carefully reviewed. We will talk with you about whether you feel you are benefiting from the medications you are taking and how well your current treatment strategy is working for you.
Our team will monitor you closely for side-effects of any new medications or changes in dosing. The goal of medication management is to help you reach your desired treatment outcome.
Our team is committed to keeping our patients informed of the potential risk and benefits of any medications. We will also discuss any potential changes to your medication and educate you about what to expect. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions about your care.
Professional medication management improves the clinical outcome for patients for whom management is appropriate. Adhering to a new or changing medication regime can pose a challenge. Having a professional resource to rely on can make it much less burdensome and allows you the freedom to focus on self-care and other therapies.
Optimizing your medication management can also reduce costs for you, your insurer, and society as a whole. You save money by purchasing only the medications determined to be both appropriate and effective. Patients who feel that they are active participants in their care, and have the support of a trained care team, are more likely to adhere to their medication regime, which improves their outcome.