Psychiatry Medication Management:
Our philosophy is “Medication is never the first option, but it does not have be the last resort”
Psychopharmacology is the study of drug-induced changes in mood, thinking, behavior and emotions. It can play an important role in the treatment of psychiatric problems. Dr. Inamdar views medication management as a collaborative process with patients, parents, and primary care physicians all playing an important role. Potential risks, benefits, and alternative treatment options are carefully considered and explained before initiating treatment. Systematic, scheduled follow-up appointments, careful monitoring, measurement of vital signs, and scheduled laboratory allow for the optimization of treatment.
Dr. Inamdar regularly reevaluates and analyzes all treatment plans for safe and effective ways to wean patients down to lower doses of medication over time. “Ideal medication management”, is when a medically trained doctor closely monitors all the medications the patient is taking, not just the psychiatry medications to ensure that they are taken as intended, working as intended, not interacting with any other medications, and most importantly, not harming the patient.
Patients are not kept on medications any longer than is medically necessary. Individual and group therapy is also utilized to optimize treatment effectiveness and to help reduce reliance on medication.
YouScript DNA testing and Customized Medication Management:
Every patient is a unique individual and can respond very differently to the same medication depending on their genetic make-up, family history, what other drugs, food and herbal supplements they’re taking, as well as their individual metabolism. Also, they may have special medical circumstances that must be taken into consideration when prescribing drugs. Cytochrome DNA testing for drug sensitivities combined with the latest clinical knowledge on drug metabolism can help predict which prescription medications will work best for a patient. This helps minimize side effects, reduces adverse drug events and treatment failures and helps improve patient care. Your psychopharmacology consultant is a reliable source to go to regarding these psychopharmacology treatment and psychopharmacology therapy decisions.