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Each person’s experience of mental health difficulties is different. Treatment approaches are individualised to meet the needs of that person.
Medication is one type of treatment that is used. It works best when it is part of a care programme designed to help people cope with their condition. It can sometimes be used alone or in combination with other non-medial treatments e.g. talking or complementary therapies.
Individuals respond differently to medication and it may take some time to find the most suitable one to treat the condition. Medication should be regularly reviewed for its usefulness in controlling symptoms and its side-effects.
There are lots of different types of information about individual medicines, in leaflets, books, videos and on the internet. Leaflets usually contain information on what a medicine is for, what the side effects are and advice on how to take the medicine.
All medicines licensed in the UK must have an approved patient information leaflet inside the packaging. This leaflet should always be provided with the medicines. Ask for a leaflet from the Pharmacist if there isn’t one with the medicine.
Questions and Advice
If you have any questions or need advice about any medicines you are taking then speak to your Doctor, Pharmacist or Nurse.
You can access a range of Medication leaflets produced by Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Click on the links below to view the following factsheets produced by SAMH:
External websites related to Medication
These web sites may be useful. Please note that we are not responsible for external sites; if you find any broken links or inappropriate content please report it to the site administrators using the feedback page.
- Support in mind Scotland
Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness. This includes those who are family members, carers and supporters.
- Medicines Information
Medicines information web site provided by Datapharm Communications Ltd.
- UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group
The UKPPG exists to ensure best treatment with medicines for people with mental health needs and their carers.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
Royal College of Psychiatrists website. Provides a range of mental health information, including a range of factsheets on topics such as: Anxiety and Phobias, Bereavement, Depression, Drugs and Alcohol, Post-traumatic stress, Stress, Schizophrenia.
- Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
This site is provided by the pharmacy service within Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and supported on the Trust server. It receives no hidden commercial backing or bias, and was the first UK multi-page hospital pharmacy web-site.
From here you can find out more about drug treatments that are prescribed for mental health needs, about the Pharmacy that provides information on this website, and a related group of pharmacy and drug-related items.
- NHS Lothian Site
NHS Lothian Website
Phonelines Related to Medication
NHS 24, medical helpline