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Learning To Manage Medication

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Learning To Manage Medication

Introduction to Medication Management

Many people are suffering from mental health issues these days. In fact, rates of depression among adolescents and young adults grew by over 50% between 2005 and 2017. To put that into perspective, today more than one in five adults have a mental illness. Ever since 2004, up to 35% of pharmacy payments have been for mental health medications. In 2019, the country spent $225 billion on mental healthcare treatments and services.

 

As the mental health crisis has grown, a lesser-known but equally serious crisis has emerged right under our noses: medication-related problems caused by medications that are not optimized for patients. When patients are on medication that is not the safest or most appropriate for their unique needs, the medications can do more harm than good. And nowhere is this more clear than when it comes to mental health medication therapy. The risks include polypharmacy and low adherence to treatment – both of which lead to poor patient health outcomes and higher costs for care.

 

The statistics for medication management in 2022 are expected to be higher than they are today. This is due to the aging population and the increase in chronic conditions that require medication. With the help of technology, medication management will become more efficient and easier to manage.  According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the global medication management market is expected to reach $5.8 billion by 2022 from $3.5 billion in 2017, at a compound annual growth rate of 10.3%. The report provides a detailed analysis of the medication management market based on products, type of deployment, end users, and geography.

What Is Medication Management?

Medication management is a vital part of healthcare. It involves making sure that patients receive the medications they need, when they need them. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements.

 

There are many factors to consider when managing medications. The first is the patient’s health condition. Some health conditions require specific types of medication. For example, if a patient has diabetes, they will need medication to control their blood sugar levels. Other health conditions may require multiple medications to be taken at different times of day.

 

The second factor to consider is the patient’s age. Children and elderly patients may have different dosage requirements than adults. Medications must be adjusted for these age groups to ensure safety and effectiveness.

 

The third factor to consider is the patient’s lifestyle and other personal circumstances. Some people may have allergies or other reactions to certain medications. Others may have religious or moral objections to taking certain drugs. It’s important to take all of these factors into account when creating a medication plan for a patient.

 

Medication management is an essential part of providing quality healthcare. By taking into account the individual needs of each patient, we can ensure that everyone receives the treatment they need to stay healthy and happy.”

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The Importance of Medication Management

Medication management is an important part of healthcare. It helps to ensure that patients receive the right medications, in the right doses, at the right times. This can help to improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of adverse events.  There are many different aspects to medication management. This includes ensuring that prescriptions are correct, filling them on time, and taking them as prescribed. It also involves monitoring for side effects and drug interactions, and keeping track of which medications a patient is taking.

 

There are several reasons why medication management is so important. First, it can help to ensure that patients receive the full benefits of their medications. Second, it can help to prevent or manage medication errors, which can have serious consequences. Third, it can help to improve communication between patients and their healthcare providers.  The importance of medication management cannot be overstated. It is essential for ensuring that patients receive the best possible care and for preventing potentially serious problems.

The Benefits of Medication Management

There are many benefits to medication management. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that it can help improve patient compliance with their medication regimen. Good medication management can also help to ensure that patients receive the correct medications at the correct dosages, which can minimize the risk of adverse reactions or drug interactions. In addition, medication management can help to reduce costs by avoiding duplication of medications and unnecessary tests or procedures. Finally, good medication management can help to improve communication between patients and their care team, which can overall improve the quality of care received.  It is always good to take precautions when it comes to your medication, this way you are aware of how it can affect your body.  Here are some tips:

 

It’s important to talk with your doctor and pharmacist about what medicines you should use, as well as vitamins and other supplements. 

 

  • You’ll also want to be sure to have a list of the medicines you currently take so that you can share it with all of your health care professionals. 
  • It’s important that you communicate any medical conditions or allergies that may affect how you react to medicine, and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding–you’ll want to be sure your doctor knows about these things too. 
  • Always make sure to ask questions about any concerns or thoughts that come up for you when using all of these products together, and never hesitate to consult again if new questions arise down the road.

Researching Your Medicine

 

  • Understand the brand names / generic names
  • what they look like
  • how to store them properly and for how long
  • when and how to use them, whether you need any tests or monitoring
  • Always ask for written information to take with you.
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Avoid Interactions Between Meds

 

  • Use the same pharmacy for all your needs when possible.  
  • If your medication needs change, you should talk to your pharmacist about whether there are interactions with what you’re currently taking.  
  • Ask whether there are interactions with any other medicines, supplements (including vitamins and herbals), beverages, or foods before you start any new treatments, even if they don’t seem related.
  • Make sure you are reading the label and following instructions
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How Can We Help?

Enhance Health Group has a team of highly-trained staff and medical professionals that provide many resources for Orange County residents. Our facility provides all the tools needed to help you overcome your addiction and live a healthy, sober life.  In addition, our individualized approaches are based on evidence-based treatment plans. It’s our goal to help you live a long, full life free of addiction.  We specialize in dual diagnosis by treating the underlying cause of your addiction and using cutting-edge therapies.

 

There are many factors to consider when it comes to medication management.  The type of medication, the dosage, the frequency, and the route of administration all need to be taken into account. In addition, the patient’s age, weight, and medical history must be considered.  A pharmacist can help you determine the best way to manage your medications.  To conclude, proper management of one’s medication is very important. It is essential to keep track of what medications one is taking, when to take them, and how often.  Furthermore, it is important to have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

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