Entering rehab facilities can be a difficult transition, especially if you’re starting a new kind of medication. And some people have difficulty remembering when to take their medications and how much to take. Unfortunately, these seemingly harmless errors are incredibly common and potentially dangerous.
But with a proper medication management program, you can rest easy knowing you’re taking the right dosage of medication at the correct time. It also ensures you have all the medicinal support you need after rehab. Many believe they can take medication independently and don’t require ongoing support. However, it takes time to become accustomed to a regular medication routine, and unintentional slip-ups may create unpleasant side effects, or worse.
We here at Outreach Recovery know all about the importance of medication management for our Baltimore patients. Here are a few reasons why medication management is crucial for rehab.
It helps you find the right medication
While several people in rehab need to take some kind of medication, everyone is different and may require a different medication. For example, a doctor may prescribe you selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for anxiety or depression, but not all SSRIs are the same. They differ in strength, formula and more. So it’s important to have someone who can help you find the right medicine based on your symptoms and condition.
It ensures you take the correct dosage and make adjustments as needed
Whether you’re taking oral capsules, liquid medication or inhalants, it can sometimes be challenging to remember how much medicine you need to take. Medication management plans help you take the right amount of your medicine, to ensure you feel the full effect without taking too much. They also make sure you don’t accidentally take two medications that will interact with one another poorly.
You have someone to help you take your medication
Not everyone takes medicine orally. Some people need to use injections, creams or other forms of application. Medication management gives you an extra hand to help you take your medicine exactly as prescribed.
You have someone to monitor you for any side effects
Starting a new medication can be hard on your body, and some drugs will have side effects for the first few days or weeks. It’s difficult to tell if the side effects you’re experiencing meet expectations or if they are a signal that you need to reduce your dosage. A medication management team can monitor you after taking your meds to ensure you feel comfortable and safe. They can also track any temporary side effects you may experience to see if they lessen over time.
While starting medication can be difficult, many people with mental health challenges benefit from a combination of medication and therapy. And it’s important to take the right doses at the right times to get the full effect. Here at Outreach Recovery, we believe in putting our patients’ needs first. We have years of experience in rehab, mental health issues, counseling and more.
Curious to learn more about medication management for rehab? Contact us today! We can’t wait to help you with your journey.