Medicines offer relief from the symptoms of disease and problems like chronic pain, but they can sometimes cause side effects and other problems. The Umbrella HealthCare team in Phoenix, Arizona, offers expert medication therapy management to ensure patients have access to the safest, most effective treatments. To find out more about the benefits of medication therapy management, call Umbrella HealthCare today or book an appointment online.

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What is medication therapy management?

Medication therapy management ensures that any prescription medicines you take are helping with your symptoms and not causing problems or posing unnecessary risks.

Many people have long-term conditions that mean they take several medications every day, and some have multiple prescriptions. These medicines should improve your health and reduce or relieve your symptoms, but they can cause unpleasant side effects.

Medication therapy management addresses these problems, so you take only the medicines you need to achieve the optimal effects.

What are the benefits of medication therapy management?

Medication therapy management has many benefits. For example, new and improved drugs and alternative treatments are constantly in development. Some might do a better job of relieving your symptoms, or they might cause fewer side effects.

There might be less risk of newer drugs interacting with your other medications.

Your Umbrella HealthCare provider also checks to make sure you’re taking the correct dose and using the medicines properly.

They ensure you’re taking your medication at the right time of day and following directions like taking pills before or after eating. Incorrect doses and not following the usage instructions can affect the medicine’s effectiveness and safety.

Your provider can also review any over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and herbal remedies you use.

Sometimes these can interfere with your medications; for instance, taking St. John’s wort herbal medicine for depression can be effective for mild to moderate conditions but could cause serious problems if you already take antidepressants.

Having regular medication therapy management consultations also gives your provider an opportunity to suggest alternative treatments that might enable you to reduce the number of pills you take.

Umbrella HealthCare provides comprehensive medical pain relief services, so they have considerable expertise in finding alternatives to medication.

How often do I need medication therapy management?

Your provider at Umbrella HealthCare can advise you how often you need to attend medication therapy management appointments. If you have well-managed conditions and don’t need many medicines, you might only need a review once a year.

The more medications you take and health problems you have, the more frequent your need for medication therapy management is likely to be.

To find out how you can benefit from the medication therapy management service at Umbrella HealthCare, call the office today or book an appointment online.