Medication management includes the initial evaluation of a patient’s need for psychotropic medications, prescribing and monitoring prescriptions, and ongoing monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting the prescribed medication.
It is common that patients are over/under medicated and it is important for ongoing monitoring of medications because the ideal dose can change over time. With medication management, Dr. Ditzell will monitor the effectiveness of the prescribed medications, as well as the side effects (if any) and weigh the patients’ options. If the medication is not working effectively, adjustments will be made.
At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry we will sometimes utilize Assurex’s GeneSight test to find medications that will best work for the patient. This is a simple cheek-swab test to match specific medications that will work best based on the individual’s genetics.
During medication management appointments, Dr. Ditzell will ask the patient questions about side effects of the medication as well as overall functioning while taking the medication. The purpose is to make sure the medication is benefitting the patient, while limiting the side effects.