Medication Management in Wylie, Texas
Patients of Pathway Psychiatry and Counseling Center may likely be prescribed various types of medication to help alleviate and manage symptoms of a psychiatric condition. Introducing new medications to a person’s daily regimen should always include a thorough discussion of each medication from Dr. Ashley Gardner.
Medication Management Consultations
Dr. Gardner seeks to not only treat a patient’s condition but also fully educate the patient about their illness and the chosen method of treatment. It may take a few trials of different kinds of medication to find one that works best for a particular individual, which can lead to worry and anxiety in many patients. To help us create a collaborative care environment, Dr. Gardner will carefully explain the purpose and reasoning behind why a specific medication was prescribed, and will always educate the patient of any potential side effects that they may experience.
Before starting a new treatment plan that utilizes prescribed medications, Dr. Gardner will complete a comprehensive evaluation. This analysis will help to determine the individual’s needs and discover their lifestyle habits, which will influence the decision on which type of medication is recommended.
Monitoring the Results
Dr. Gardner will of course never put a patient at serious risk when prescribing new medications, so you can rest assured that you will be highly unlikely to experience dangerous side effects and that the proposed benefits of the medication significantly outweigh the risks. All medications are chosen collaboratively between Dr. Gardner and her patients and chosen when benefits outweigh risks. Patients should stay in contact to communicate about how their medications are working for them and/or any side effects they may be experiencing.
Tips for Home
A majority of prescription medications will need to be taken daily to provide optimal results. For this reason, patients must be diligent about taking their medications while at home. It is not uncommon for individuals to take multiple medications at one time to address their symptoms. To avoid feelings of confusion or frustration, try some of these tips:
- Make a list: Write down every single one of our medications and when they need to be taken throughout the day as well as the week. This will prevent you from accidentally skipping a dose or administering medication at the wrong time.
- Set an alarm: For those that take medications at various times throughout the day, it can be easy for time to pass too quickly and wind up missing a dose. Utilize a simple reminder or alarm on your phone to help get you into the habit of taking your medications at exactly the right time.
- Use a pillbox: These boxes were specifically designed to help people manage their medications. Offering separate sections based on each weekday, a pillbox only requires you to separate your medications at the beginning of the week to set you up for success over the next several days.
- Make a sign: Put a post-it note on your bathroom mirror, or do whatever works best for you to remind yourself to take your medications while in certain rooms of your home.
Keep an Open Line of Communication
Side effects from medications do not always occur right away, and sometimes a change in dosage may be necessary given unique circumstances in your life. Be sure to contact Pathway Psychiatry and Counseling Center at (214) 997-4459 if you experience abnormal symptoms or are worried about your current medications. Dr. Gardner will work to ensure that each of her patients is being treated to the very best of her abilities, and she will always be available to assist in the ongoing process of medication management.