Category: Psychiatrist In Boca Raton

How Can Taking A Generic Medication Affect Me?

One of the things I am often asked about when prescribing medications is the possibility of obtaining a generic medication.  While these can be a great money saving option, it is important to keep in mind that a generic medication may not have the same amount of active ingredient as the brand versions of the same medication.   So let’s take a look at a hypothetical medicine that we will call Mediwell, as an example.  A generic version of brand name Mediwell 10 mg may actually be like taking Mediwell 8 mg or even 12 mg (remember generics can have 20% less or more active ingredient.  See my past blog for why).

Let’s assume you have been doing ok on Mediwell 10 mg.  Now you are switched to it’s generic version and it is in fact, Mediwell 8 mg (keep in mind it still says 10 mg on the script, pill and bottle).  For some people this may result in the medicine no longer working for you.  Or what if it is the generic version, Mediwell 12 mg (keep in mind it still says 10 mg on the script, pill and bottle)?   In this case you begin to have side effects you didn’t have before.

Be Informed About Taking Generic Medication

Does this mean you shouldn’t take generics?  No, it just means you should be aware if the pill color, shape or size changes.  If this occurs you COULD be going from one version to another.  It may make absolutely no difference at all or it may make a big difference.  A change from 9-10, or 10-11 mg is probably not going to do much.  But a change from 8-12 mg, or the reverse, may.    The important thing is this.  If you are on a generic and your pill changes AND you begin feeling your symptoms return or intolerable side effects you didn’t have before let your doctor know.  Otherwise, relax and continue to take your medicine as you always have.

Why not just stay with brand name meds all the time?  The reason many people choose to try generics (and personally I am ok with this) is because the price difference between generics and brand can be tremendous.  Say $10 vs $300 for the same amount of pills.  If you are paying through insurance, insurance will definitely want you to try generics before ever approving a brand.  If you are paying out of pocket, the choice is yours.  Regardless, whatever you choose your doctor will be there to help you through the process.

Choosing A Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL

There are many things to consider when looking for a Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL.  One of these is what kind of training the psychiatrist has had.  The reason for this is that most people assume that Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL treat all mental illness related issues, but this may not be the case.  For instance some are more trained in children and adolescents, some in geriatrics, some in forensics and others in substance abuse and addiction.  One is not better than the rest, but may certainly be more pertinent for your particular situation.

The next thing to consider is how knowledgeable the Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL is.  Are they board certified in one or more specialties (like Child And Adolescent Psychiatry AND Adult Psychiatry)?  Does the Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL have a good reputation in town?  Have they treated others with conditions similar to yours?  Do they work alone or as part of a team?

Another consideration is how far the Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL is located from your home, work or school.  For some this doesn’t matter, but most people have a busy schedule and an easily accessible office that can be incorporated into a weekly routine may be one less thing to worry about.  Others may be fine driving an hour or more for the right Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL.

Lastly who is the right person?  The Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL you will choose will be listening to some of your most private concerns and it should be someone who makes you feel comfortable.  Is their staff friendly and personable?  Is the Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL easy to get along with?  Do they put you at ease or make you feel rushed like you are on a conveyor belt full of others right behind you?  Does the Psychiatrist In Boca Raton Florida FL care enough to call you back in a timely manner, between appointments if you should have questions or concerns?  Does the office feel warm and inviting?  At Proliance Center we strive to meet all these concerns for our clients.  Please give us a call today.  We are here to help. Look here for commonly asked questions many new patients have. 

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