If you’re currently taking several prescription medications, you might benefit from medication management services. This is an area of specialty for Diana Noriega, FNP, of GP Family Care Mesa in Mesa, Arizona. Booking a visit is a simple process that requires just a few clicks on the online scheduling page or a quick phone call.
Medication management is the process of having a healthcare professional review all your current medications to determine if you’re on the best possible drug therapy plan. Everyone who is taking multiple medications can benefit from periodic medication management reviews.
Quite often, your medications were prescribed over a lengthy period of time, often by different practitioners. For example, you might be taking drugs to manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, yet begin taking medications for joint pain that were prescribed by a different practitioner.
You may also have started drug therapy for a chronic health condition years ago and not come in for a physical or chronic disease management review in some time. The drug therapy prescribed for you several years ago may no longer be meeting your needs. There may be new options available that would be a better fit or might be more affordable.
Not all medications work well together. One risk of taking multiple medications without having one provider assess your plan is that some drugs will counteract the benefits of others. This can render some necessary medications completely useless.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is also a risk that your medications can cause a dangerous health problem. Some drugs heighten the effects of others or create changes in your body that place your health at risk.
Supplements are another area of concern. Many people don’t understand that nutritional supplements can also have interactions with prescription medications. Over-the-counter pain or cold medication can also pose a risk. The best way to ensure everything you take is providing a benefit to your health is to schedule a visit with Diana at GP Family Care Mesa for medication management.
If you’re new to GP Family Care Mesa, just let the administrative staff know you’d like to include medication management services with your initial visit. If you’re an existing patient, you can always add this option to upcoming visits, or you can schedule a standalone medication management appointment.
Medication management is often part of chronic disease management. However, to make the most of this service, it’s important to be absolutely certain you provide a comprehensive list of medications and supplements during your visit.
To learn more about medication management at GP Family Care Mesa, book your face-to-face visit online or by phone today. Medication management services are also available for telemedicine appointments.