When you are battling a mental illness, you may need medication to ease your symptoms and prevent them from interfering with your life. Just as you have to take medication for chronic physical conditions, many people have to take medication for mental health disorders. Unfortunately, some people often think that when they start feeling better, they can quit taking medications. They may be having adverse effects and stop taking the medication before speaking to a doctor. However, it is essential to take your medication until speaking with a professional about stopping. 


The Medication Does Not Appear to Be Working


Medication for mental health disorders may take some time to go into effect. Many medications can take up to eight weeks to work, which slows the process of finding the medication that works for you. You may need to be patient not only with the medication “kicking in” but in finding the right kind. You may need to expect some degree of experimentation with different medications for some time until you find one that can help with your symptoms. During this time, it is crucial to speak with a mental health professional who can help you through this process.


Forgetting to Take Medication

You may frequently forget to take your medication because you feel you are too busy or naturally forget. If you regularly forget to take your medication, a mental health professional can help you come up with ways to make medication a part of your daily routine. It may be helpful to set an alarm to take your medication at a specific time every day, like after dinner or before bedtime. There are also pill reminder apps and pillboxes to help remind you to take your medication and let you know if you have taken it already. Family or friends can help by picking up your refill prescription from the pharmacy and even send text reminders to you to take your medication.


Refusing the Medication


It is essential to listen to your doctor when they warn you about what could happen if you do not take your medicine, even if you feel good in the moment. If you stop medication cold turkey, your symptoms can grow severe, and you can experience unpleasant side effects. If you wish to stop taking your medication, it is imperative you speak to a doctor first. 


Medication may be an essential aspect of treatment when you are living with a mental health disorder. It can help give you control over your symptoms that you did not have before. If you are experiencing adverse side effects resulting from the medication, speak to your doctor about adjusting it. At Alta Loma, we understand the importance of medication management, and we are here to help you. Located in Georgetown, Texas, we can provide you with individualized therapy, medication management, coping skills education, a long-term continuum of care, and more. Call (866) 457-3843 for more information.