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General Medication Guidelines

If there is one thing to understand about psychiatric treatment, it's that medications can more harm than good. In fact, this is more common than not with any individual medication of any variety. They can cause immediate side effects and some can cause long term complications. It is, therefore, important to follow medication instructions usually starting at low doses and increase as instructed if and only if they are tolerated. Some medications can have delayed benefits after few weeks. For some others, the effect is fairly immediate. If there are any fever or rash or worsening of mood and certainly if start having suicidal ideations uncommon to your previous experiences, please discontinue them immediately. If the meds seems to cause mild to moderate side effects but notice some early benefits and you want to see if you can get used to them, the following is a general side effect management in the process that might help. 

Sexual Side Effects: these are most commonly associated with antidepressants and antipsychotic medications. Trying to get used to them is generally successful in only about 10 - 20% of of the time and could take a while as in months. Otherwise, main options are to try to lower doses of the medication, change the timing of taking the medication such that lowest blood level coincides with time of sexual encounter or in some cases drug holiday. Discuss with Dr. Suh as to which of these options are feasible. 

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