Medication - choice and managing problems
Your doctor may offer you medication if you have a mental illness. Sometimes you might not want to take medication or feel it is not right for you. This section explains how you can try and deal with problems with medication.
- Your doctor may offer you medication to help with symptoms of a mental illness.
- Medication is not the only treatment that might be right for you. You may find talking therapies, self-help and alternative therapies useful too.
- You might have to try different medicines before you find the one that works for you.
- Your doctor should tell you any risks and benefits of taking medication before you start taking it. They should also tell you how to take it.
- You may get side effects from your medication. Many will wear off over time. It is important that you find the balance between treating your symptoms and managing side effects.
- If you have a problem with your medication talk to your doctor about it.
- You should speak to your doctor before stopping medication.
- You can take a friend, relative or advocate if you find it hard to talk to your doctor.
This section covers:
- What are the different types of medication?
- How does the doctor decide what medication to give me?
- What should my doctor tell me before I take my medication?
- How long does medication take to work?
- Are there any side effects?
- What if I want to stop taking medication?
- How can I talk to my doctor about my medication?
- Do I have to take medication?
In this section, the word ‘doctor’ means psychiatrists and general practitioners (GPs).
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in November 2016. Next review November 2019.
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