Antidepressant Medication Management
Non-adherence to antidepressant medication is a major barrier in the successful treatment of depression. If any of your patients who have newly-prescribed antidepressant medications are having trouble with their medication, we offer the following tips to help you increase patient compliance and increase the successful treatment of depression:
- Give clear instructions about the new medication, including what the medication is for, how to take it correctly, and how long to take it for.
- Tell your patient that it may take a few weeks before the medication starts to work and it is important not to stop taking it; explain that you may need to adjust the dosage or change medication to get the desired result over time.
- Suggest your patient use a pill box and take the medication at the same time every day to build a routine; direct your patient to call us and we can provide a pill box at no cost.
- Discuss possible side effects and advise your patient to call your office if they have any, or with any questions or concerns.
- Schedule a follow-up visit to monitor your patient's progress; discuss compliance with medications at every visit.
- If your patient is pregnant or breast feeding, assure her that the antidepressant prescribed is safe to take.
If you have BMC HealthNet Plan members 18 years and older whom you believe would benefit from behavioral health services or behavioral health care management, contact Beacon Health Strategies (our Behavioral Health support) at 800-444-5155.
Access guidelines endorsed for Adult Depression in Primary Care.