Many mental health consumers, as well as concerned family and friends, seek information to help them better understand the benefits of prescribed medications, potential side effects, and to help them in talking with their doctor about such matters. You are always encouraged to first talk with your psychiatrist or doctor regarding any medication-related questions or concerns and to inform him or her about all the medications being taken so that negative drug interactions can be avoided.

In addition to talking with their doctor, many consumers and their family members want to consult other information sources. Your local pharmacist is a valuable resource to answer medication-related questions. Pharmacies are required to provide written information about prescriptions they are dispensing.

It is important for you to be well informed about medications you may need. You should know what medications you take and the dosage, and learn everything you can about them. Many medications now come with patient package inserts, describing the medication, how it should be taken, and side effects to look for. When you go to a new doctor, always take with you a list of all of the prescribed medications (including dosage), over-the-counter medications, and vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements you take.

Almost any substance that can change behavior can cause harm if used in the wrong amount or frequency of dosing, or in a bad combination. Drugs differ in the speed, duration of action, and in their margin for error. For more information regarding medications go to the following sites, which will provide you additional educational information regarding medications.

For more information on Medications go to:

National Institute on Mental Health 

National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Anxiety Disorders Association of America