ANCHOR LEAD: PSYCHIATRISTS ARE PRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS FOR THEIR PATIENTS MUCH MORE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
More people who see a psychiatrist are coming away with a medication and very often, more than one. That’s according to a Johns Hopkins study led by Ramin Mojtabai. From a clinical perspective, this may be a subject for concern, Mojtabai says.
MOJTABAI: Often you don’t know which medication is working and patient is responding to which one of these medications that have been prescribed. As the complexity of the regimen increases the adherence decreases and patient is more likely to be confused about the medication he or she is supposed to take. And it’s harder for the clinician to know if there have been adverse responses or side effects from one medication if the patient is receiving multiple medications. :27
Mojtabai says it’s well known that people with psychiatric disorders may not remain on their medications, and that when more than one is used this risk increases. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.