Medications can play a role in treating several mental disorders and conditions. Treatment may also include psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”) and brain stimulation therapies (less common). In some cases, psychotherapy alone may be the best treatment option. Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on a person’s individual needs and medical situation, and under a mental health professional’s care.
Information about medications changes frequently. Check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website for the latest warnings, patient medication guides, or newly approved medications. Brand names are not referenced on this page.
Understanding Your Medications
If you are prescribed a medication, be sure that you:
- Tell the doctor about all medications and vitamin supplements you are already taking.
- Remind your doctor about any allergies and any problems you have had with medicines.
- Understand how to take the medicine before you start using it and take your medicine as instructed.
- Don’t take medicines prescribed for another person or give yours to someone else.
- Call your doctor right away if you have any problems with your medicine or if you are worried that it might be doing more harm than good. Your doctor may be able to adjust the dose or change your prescription to a different one that may work better for you.
- Report serious side effects to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone [1-800-332-1088]. You or your doctor may send a report.