Medication management with people who have mental health disorders is a partnership among the consumer, the doctor, the pharmacist and other mental health professionals that promotes the safe and effective use of medications and helps people achieve the best results from their medication. Medication management is often a key part of the recovery process for people who have mental health disorders when used in a systematic and effective way as part of the overall treatment. A healthy approach includes involving the consumer, families, friends and practitioners in a partnership to make sure the medications are prescribed in a way that supports the consumer’s personal recovery efforts. Guidelines and steps should be provided for decision-making that help those involved choose medications based on current evidence and outcomes. Results should be monitored so that future decisions about medications can take into account what has happened before. The consumer’s needs and concerns must be an integral part of the decision-making process.

The recovery movement and its effect of empowering consumers to take responsibility for their own lives has shifted focus away from issues of compliance with prescribed medications toward a focus on the consumer's recovery goals and how best to achieve those goals, including medication. Pat Deegan and Robert Drake discuss the outdated notion of compliance in contrast with person-centered shared decision making regarding medication management in the November 2006 issue of Psychiatric Services. Click here to read the full article.

Using a medication form is helpful to keep track of the various medications that you might take. For a copy of  The Universal Medication Form Click here or on the form below


For a helpful medication tracking form from Lifecare Medical Center click here or on the form below












Types of Medications


Typical antipsychotics

Atypical antipsychotics


 Mood stabilizers

  • Lithium carbonate (Carbolith), first and typical mood stabilizer
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol), anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer
  • Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer
  • Valproic acid, and Valproic acid salts (Depakine, Depakote), anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer
  • Lamotrigine (Lamictal), atypical anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer
  • Gabapentin, atypical GABA-related anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer
  • Pregabalin, atypical GABA-ergic anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer
  • Topiramate, GABA-receptor related anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizer
  • Olanzapine, atypical antipsychotic and mood stabilizer

Anxiolytics & hypnotics

  • Diazepam (Valium), benzodiazepine derivative, anxiolytic
  • Nitrazepam (Mogadon), benzodiazepine derivative, hypnotic
  • Zolpidem (Ambien, Stilnox), an imidazopyridine, non-benzodiazepine hypnotic
  • Zopiclone (Imovan), non-benzodiazepine hypnotic ("Z-drug")
  • Zaleplon (Sonata), non-benzodiazepine hypnotic ("Z-drug")
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), benzodiazepine derivative, anxiolytic
  • Alprazolam (Xanax), benzodiazepine derivative, anxiolytic
  • Temazepam (Restoril), benzodiazepine derivative
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin), benzodiazepine derivative
  • Lorazepam (Ativan), benzodiazepine derivative, anxiolytic

Courtesy of 2013