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Psychiatric Medications

Have a question about a psychiatric medication or drug? Our psychiatric medication drug reference guide will help you learn more about psychiatric medications, their proper use, common side effects, and the interactions the medication may have with other medications or over-the-counter drugs, including herbs and supplements. Psychiatric medications commonly include things like antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, atypical and other kinds of antipsychotic medications, and other types that help a person with controlling symptoms associated with common mental disorders.

 

Essential Medication Resources About Safety & Cost

What to Expect When Taking Medications

Special Precautions for Children, Seniors, and Pregnancy

For each medication listed below, you’ll find a description of the medication, what it is commonly prescribed for, its most common side effects, and other medications you shouldn’t take while on the psychiatric medication. The insert that came with your medication, however, is far more detailed.

Medications can be harmful (or have additional unpleasant side effects) when not taken exactly as prescribed. Psychiatric medications are best prescribed and maintained by seeing a regular psychiatrist, as your family physician or general practitioner generally has minimal psychiatric training. Never change the type or amount of medication you’re taking (its dose) without first checking with the doctor who prescribed it to you originally.

Do not stop taking a medication without first talking with your doctor or psychiatrist. Why? Because if not done gradually and slowly over time (something doctors refer to as “titration”), many people will experience negative side effects if they try and discontinue the medication on their own.

Remember, if you have a question about your medication, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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APA Reference
Psych Central. (2019). Psychiatric Medications. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/drugs/

 

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Last updated: 25 Jan 2019
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Jan 2019
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