Many patients with neurological conditions continue to enjoy a thriving life thanks to medications that alleviate their symptoms and keep problems like seizures under control. These powerful medications require ongoing oversight — medication management — by Amor Mehta, MD, and the team at the Neurology Center for Epilepsy and Seizures in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. With medication management, you can be confident you’re on the right dose and that you don’t have side effects. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office today.
Medication Management Q&A
Many patients get a prescription and take the medication without needing to talk with their doctor again. That approach works well when you need a short-term mediation for an acute condition like an infection.
Patients with neurological conditions, however, often need to take potent medications for a long time. Your provider at the Neurology Center for Epilepsy and Seizures doesn’t simply write a prescription and send you on your way. Instead, they protect your health with regular medication management appointments to evaluate your ongoing health and the drug’s effectiveness.
Neurological conditions are treated with many medications. For example, there are at least 50 different medications for seizure disorders. Multiple drugs may be designed to achieve the same results, such as controlling seizures, but each one works differently in your body to reach that goal.
Additionally, every patient metabolizes their medication differently. Your seizures may not change with one medication, while another patient sees dramatic improvement on that same medication. You may only need a low dose to get results, while someone else needs a higher dose.
The same issues exist with every neurological condition for which there’s more than one medication. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the right drug and the optimal dose for you. That’s why you need medication management.
During your medication management appointments, your provider talks with you about whether the medication is helping and if you’ve experienced any side effects. Based on your results, they may run diagnostic tests and recommend a new medication or change your dose.
It’s important to talk about any problems you experience, whether you have financial issues that make it hard to buy your medications, you have trouble remembering to take them, or any other concerns you may have. Your provider helps you find solutions because taking your medication is important for your health and well-being.
Your provider at the Neurology Center for Epilepsy and Seizures may also ask you to bring in all of your medications, even those prescribed by other physicians, as well as herbal supplements you may take. They check to be sure you’re not at risk for dangerous interactions.