joshhamilton | Psychiatric & Behavioral Health
Managing my Medications
I am out of medication. I need a refill. What should I do?
At each session, we will always offer to schedule your next appointment. We encourage you to make follow-up plans to ensure that your prescription will be sufficient to continue therapy until you can be reassessed by Dr. Hamilton or his staff.
If you do not set a follow-up appointment--or if you miss a scheduled appointment--it is your responsibility to carefully monitor your prescription inventory to ensure that you can be seen before you run out of medication.
If you run out of medication, our office will provide an unscheduled refill.
CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL REFILL REQUEST. Be sure to include the patient's name and the medication(s) you'd like us to refill.
By sending the email, you acknowledge that:
- You must have been seen within the preceding four (4) month period.
- The office will verify that the medication shortage was not due to our error.
- 30-day renewal will be transmitted to your pharmacy on file.
- Some prescriptions must be mailed directly to you at the address on file.
- Renewal requests will be processed within 48 working hours.
- You MUST request/schedule a med check session within 30 days.
- A one-time fee will be charged to your account.
- This fee is not covered by insurance and will be due within 30 days.
Our refill request service should NOT be used for medication adjustments.
If you are having problems with your medication please scroll down to review the FAQ. If you need a medication change, you need to be seen by Dr. Hamilton or his staff!
Click here to request a medication management session.
If your situation is urgent or life-threatening, please utilize emergency resources, including your primary care provider, walk-in clinic or ER.
What About Side-Effects?
Starting a new medication can be a frustrating process. While the therapeutic (good) effects can take ten days (or more), the side-effects usually begin within a few days of starting the medication. The good news is that the side-effects usually lessen and disappear over several days; the bad news is that some of the side-effects can be uncomfortable and/or distressing.
Use the links below for advice and tips to make the adjustment to new medication as comfortable as possible. If the side-effects are severe, please notify our office--and seek urgent medical attention if you feel that it is necessary. Your nearest hospital emergency department or urgent care (walk-in) clinic can be valuable sources of support and treatment in these situations.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)--click underlined hyperlinks for more information:
- How does my medication work? What chemical pathways are involved, and which symptoms are being targeted by my therapy?
- I have blurry vision, dry mouth and/or constipation. How do I deal with these anticholinergic side-effects?
- I am dizzy, agitated or anxious after starting new medication.
- I started my new medication, and now I am nauseous.
- I feel like I have been gaining weight now that I'm on medication.
- My sex life is suffering now that I'm on meds (decreased desire/libido, impotence, inability to climax/orgasm).
- On my new medication, I am tired, fatigued or having trouble sleeping. Scroll down for more tips to overcome insomnia.
Dealing With Insomnia
Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep...or waking up far too early in the morning are common problems. This is particularly true for patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression and other types of stress. Many of us have also developed some bad bedtime habits that make matters worse. To develop better sleep hygiene, take a look at the video; and click the links below for tools to help with your own sleep assessment. You can print, complete and review the sleep diary during your next scheduled session with our team.