Medication Management

Medication Management

Medication Management services offered in Murrieta, CA

Psychiatric medications have a vital role in treating mental health conditions, helping to restore the balance needed to overcome your symptoms and regain stability in your life. At Duality Mental Health in Murrieta, California, Olga Jackson, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, and Adarius Jackson, MSW, LCSW, have extensive experience providing medication management, monitoring your progress, and ensuring you receive the treatment that works best for you. To learn more, call Duality Mental Health or request an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment online today.

Medication Management Q & A

What is medication management?

Duality Mental Health specializes in medication management, an essential treatment for psychiatric conditions. 

Medication management is a comprehensive service that includes teaching you about the risks and benefits of psychiatric drugs, prescribing medications, and carefully monitoring your progress.

Why do I need ongoing medication management appointments?

Your Duality Mental Health provider doesn’t prescribe medication, send you home, and hope it works. Mental health disorders are too complex, and psychiatric medications often require fine-tuning when you first start them and over time, depending on your progress.

Routine follow-up appointments are essential to protect you from potential side effects and make any necessary adjustments to achieve optimal symptom relief.

When would I need medication management?

Psychiatric medications can improve most mental health conditions. Your Duality Mental Health provider determines if you might benefit from a medicine based on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms.

They may prescribe medication for any of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance use disorder (addiction)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Your Duality Mental Health provider may combine medication management with therapy. Medication improves your symptoms by restoring brain chemicals, while therapy gives you insight and teaches coping skills.

What happens during medication management appointments?

Your first medication management appointment includes a thorough psychiatric evaluation, allowing your provider to diagnose your mental health disorder and determine if you need medication.

They explain your medication choices, including reviewing the risks and benefits and answering your questions. Your provider ensures you have all the information necessary to make an informed decision about taking medication.

During follow-up appointments, your provider learns if your symptoms have improved and whether you have signs of side effects. They may refill the same prescription, change the medicine or dose, or taper down the medication.

What if I have side effects between appointments?

Call Duality Mental Health as soon as you notice possible side effects. Most importantly, don’t stop taking your medicine before talking with your provider. Many psychiatric drugs can cause a backlash of severe symptoms if you suddenly stop taking them.

You can depend on expert medication management at Duality Mental Health. Schedule an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.