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Monitoring Psychotropic Medications
Contributors: Bennett, Brenner, Gonzalez, Graham, Marks, Strachan, Yuodelis-Flores
Objective – to provide clear & concise guidelines for the Primary Care Provider about what to monitor medically for patients taking psychotropic medications
1) Weight gain may happen with many psychotropic medications. Please monitor for change in weight and BMI => do Fasting Blood Glucose and Lipid Panel if weight gain is noted.
2) Blood levels of psychotropic medications should be drawn as troughs (that is 12 hours since last dose). Additionally, patients should be monitored for clinical signs of toxicity with each visit rather than relying soley on blood levels. Blood levels can also confirm treatment adherence.
3) Marshalling Resources is critical in getting patients to engage in healthier behaviors; these include volunteer services, support groups, entertainment discounts or free tickets via Lifelong – please ask case manager and patient educator for more information.
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