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How to responsibly prescribe psychotropics 

How to responsibly prescribe psychotropics
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How to responsibly prescribe psychotropics
Author(s):

Martina Rojnic Kuzman

, Defne Eraslan

, and Jerzy Samochowiec

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0024
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date: 23 January 2022

Although currently available psychotropics are regarded as effective drugs, a considerable number of patients with major psychiatric disorders do not achieve even moderate functional remission. Thus, a number of additional strategies are offered to help patients achieve functional remission. This chapter discusses how to optimize psychopharmacological treatment by taking into account a variety of illness-related (e.g. symptom dimensions, co-morbidities), person-related (e.g. age, lifestyle), and drug-related factors (e.g. drug interactions, drug labels), and how to rationally prescribe medications following the principle ‘the best pharmacotherapy is highly individualized’. These factors should be taken into account also when evaluating the treatment response over the course of the illness. Although such strategies may initially require more effort from psychiatrists and patients, it is important to remember that psychiatric treatment is a long-distance run, and the winners are not known until the end of the race.

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