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Medication is often an important component to a person's treatment and wellness. Only psychiatrists, other physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can prescribe medications. Many treatment providers work closely with the person prescribing medications to insure treatment goals are coordinated and consistent.

If you are taking medications the most important thing you can do to insure a successful outcome is to follow your doctor's instructions and communicate, communicate, communicate! You and your doctor are a team. To help your doctor make good decisions about your medications he or she needs to know how you are doing while taking the medication. It is important to let your doctor know of any changes and/or side effects you are experiencing while on any medication. Let your doctor know if you have questions or concerns. Never stop taking your medication or change the dosage without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist! Let your doctor help you regarding decisions about your medications!

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