If you take medication for a mental health disorder, you are not alone. About 1 in 6 Americans take mental health medications for relief from symptoms.
While these prescriptions are very effective, there are some limitations that are important to know. For example, with certain medications, over time, effectiveness can decrease. If your mental health medication needs an adjustment, the compassionate and expert staff at Banner Health is ready to help you get back to feeling your best.
Medications for mental health disorders can be important and, in some cases, even lifesaving. Sometimes, after taking a prescription for an extended period of time, the body will adjust to dosages or the brain chemistry can change. When this happens, it’s time for a medication adjustment with supervised care from your doctor.
Some signs that your body has adjusted to your medication include:
Every body is different, which means medication treatments will vary among patients. In order to make medical adjustments, your doctor may recommend adding medication or shifting entirely to a new prescription.
Depending on the medication, there are risks of allergic reactions or worsening symptoms. Whether you’re adjusting to a new medication, phasing out of a long-term medication or anything in between, be sure to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medication.
You should never make medication adjustments without doctor supervision.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that your medication is not working effectively, contact your doctor or mental health professional. They can diagnose and make adjustments to your treatment plan to get you back on track.
The staff at Banner Health is here to help you find the treatment plan that best fits your needs so you can get back to feeling your best fast.