- Introduction: Mental Health Medications
- What are psychiatric medications?
- How are medications used to treat mental disorders?
- What medications are used to treat schizophrenia?
- What medications are used to treat depression?
- What medications are used to treat bipolar disorder?
- What medications are used to treat anxiety disorders?
- What medications are used to treat ADHD?
- Which groups have special needs when taking psychiatric medications?
- What should I ask my doctor if I am prescribed a psychiatric medication?
- Alphabetical List of Medications
- For More Information on Medications
What should I ask my doctor if I am prescribed a psychiatric medication?
You and your family can help your doctor find the right medications for you. The doctor needs to know your medical history; family history; information about allergies; other medications, supplements or herbal remedies you take; and other details about your overall health. You or a family member should ask the following questions when a medication is prescribed:
- What is the name of the medication?
- What is the medication supposed to do?
- How and when should I take it?
- How much should I take?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- When and how should I stop taking it?
- Will it interact with other medications I take?
- Do I need to avoid any types of food or drink while taking the medication? What should I avoid?
- Should it be taken with or without food?
- Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking this medication?
- What are the side effects? What should I do if I experience them?
- Is the Patient Package Insert for the medication available?
After taking the medication for a short time, tell your doctor how you feel, if you are having side effects, and any concerns you have about the medicine.