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Medication Management

Adult and Child Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in Tuscaloosa, AL

Medication management ensures the drugs you take improve your mental health without causing any significant problems. Ella Williamson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, at Druid City Wellness Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, offers expert medication management services, including GeneSight® analysis to determine how your genes are likely to affect your response to certain medications. Call Druid City Wellness Center to learn more about medication management or schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.

What is medication management?

Medication management ensures you get maximum benefits from your medicines and experience minimal adverse effects. Psychiatric treatment often involves taking one or more drugs, which can be vital for managing long-term disorders and helping you recover from curable conditions. However, all drugs have risks that need careful management.

Medications you might take for a mental health problem include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Stimulants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Drug withdrawal medicines

These drugs come in multiple forms, and what works for one person may be entirely ineffective for another. Likewise, a medicine may cause intolerable side effects for one patient while another experiences no issues.

Finding the drug or combination of drugs that are most effective for a particular patient has always been challenging. Druid City Wellness Center uses GeneSight® psychopharmacological genetic testing to identify the effects different medications are likely to have based on your genes.

This helps your therapist to select the drugs with the best chance of being effective without causing side effects. The test involves having a cheek swab to gather cells for lab analysis.

What conditions might require medication management?

Any psychiatric disorder that requires taking drugs benefits from medication management, including:

  • Major depressive disorder (depression)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders

Druid City Wellness Center’s highly skilled professionals have considerable experience prescribing medications for mental health disorders. They use medication management to evaluate your progress and make changes where needed.

For example, a new drug that causes fewer side effects might become available. Or you may start taking medicines for long-term physical health problems that could affect how your psychiatric medications work.

You should inform your provider if anything changes or your medications cause any problems.

How often do I need a medication management review?

Your Druid City Wellness Center provider advises you how often to visit for a medication management review.

If your current medicines control your symptoms effectively and you don’t have any side effects,  you may only require a management review once or twice a year. You might benefit from more frequent reviews if you take multiple medicines or have complex needs.

Call Druid City Wellness Center to learn more about benefiting from medication management or book an appointment online today.