ALTERNATIVES TO MORE MEDS
ANCHOR LEAD: THE LAST DECADE HAS SEEN MORE USE OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS, BUT ARE THEY REALLY NEEDED? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
More people are taking medications for psychiatric conditions now than they were in the previous decade, and individuals are much more likely to be taking two medications rather than one. That’s the finding of a Johns Hopkins study by Ramin Mojtabai, who says this practice of using more than one drug can often be avoided.
MOJTABAI: Just optimizing the dose of the first medication the patient is receiving. Both optimizing the dose and optimizing the way the patient is taking the medication rather than adding a new medication. For example, if patients can change the time when they’re taking the medication to avoid some of the side effects, might be helpful. Other options is to add psychotherapy to deal with some of the lingering symptoms patients may experience. :27
Mojtabai cites concerns about multiple drug interactions as well as challenges for patients taking more than one medication. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.