Health checks - Getting my medication reviewed
As well as a check up, it is also important to get any medication you’re taking for a mental illness reviewed by your GP or psychiatrist. Antipsychotic medication, antidepressants and mood stabilisers can sometimes have side-effects that can cause poor health.
Common side-effects that some people experience are weight gain, drowsiness, sexual problems, movement problems or problems sleeping. Not everyone will experience side-effects and they do vary from person to person.
A medication review is an opportunity to discuss how any side-effects impact on you or your health. Your GP or psychiatrist may be able to help you deal with these side-effects, perhaps by adjusting your medication, prescribing exercise or helping you to see a specialist who can guide you to eating healthily. If you are taking medication for other health conditions it is useful to review this at the same time.
Local pharmacies can also offer medication reviews. You could ask your local pharmacy about this.
How often should I have my medication reviewed?
If you are taking medication for your mental illness this should be reviewed regularly. We would suggest that you have a review at least once a year.
Your review might happen at your CPA review if you are on CPA (Care Programme Approach). You can ask your care-coordinator to make sure that your GP provides information about your physical health so that everything is looked at together.
If you are not on CPA you can still ask for your medications to be reviewed all together by your GP or psychiatrist. It is a good idea to ask for this if your medication has not been reviewed for a while.
What if I’m in hospital?
If you have to spend some time in hospital because of your mental health, you should be given a full physical examination. If you don’t get this, you or someone you know can ask the nurses or your consultant for this to take place.
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