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Although you are reminded to always read the manufacturers information leaflet, this is a detailed and very accessible source of information. Material is configured for ease of printing and the specific drug leaflets are presented as
Patient information leaflets
Brief or basic information leaflets
Quick, easy read leaflets
There are a Handy Charts available which offer comparative information for the main medications used to treat an illness or condition; you will find information on doses, how long the medications take to work, possible side effects and more.
Your local pharmacist can work through a "Medicine Management Review" with you.
This will take about an hour and you will need to make an appointment.
Speak to your own pharmacist for further details.
Rethink Mental Illnessalso have an excellent guide available on their website
covering basic information on the medications themselves, how to manage them, and importantly, a useful guide suggesting questions you may wish to ask your doctor when told you are about to be prescribed mental health medication.
A formulary is a preferred list of medication which your doctor would choose to prescribe for you if appropriate. The aim of The Northern Ireland Formulary is to promote the safe, clinically effective and cost-effective prescribing of medicines.
The intent is to cover the majority of prescribing decisions and therefore is focussed on non-specialist prescribing choices. The Northern Ireland Formulary was launched March 2014 and continues to develop both the range of information available and ease of use for its website - Although there is no specific section on mental illness there are other common areas of ill health that may affect your wellbeing and impact on your mental health.
To visit the website of The Northern Ireland Formulary CLICK HERE