managing medications

Medication can, and often does, play an important role in managing mental illness. Some medications eliminate or reduce symptoms of mental illness. Others help with problematic side-effects. Everyone’s experience with medications is different. Finding the right medication that works for your family member may be a process of trial and error. Depending on the type of medication, it can take up to several months for the medication to take full effect.

Questions for you or your family member to ask about medication:

You can help your family member with medication by:

Caution: If your family member is taking medication for mental illness, she should talk with her family doctor or psychiatrist first before changing the dosage and/or stopping the medication. Stopping abruptly can have serious side-effects.