How long should a person take medication for their mental illness before changing the dosage or the type of medication being used?

This is an important question and the answer depends on multiple variables, including the type of medication. When beginning a medication, it’s important for you and your clinician to have a working understanding of the target symptoms (and ideally a way to measure them). This will help inform future decision making. The response for target symptoms and the experience of side effects should also help drive decision making. This information can only come from the patient and the family. Hearing the medication options and being included in the treatment decisions will not only assist in the medication decisions, but can help to foster increased adherence to the treatment plan.

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