Medication can be a crucial part of the path to recovery. If you are on medication it is very important to maintain a regular relationship with your Psychiatrist since they are trained to prescribe medication to treat mental illness. The temptation to stop medication is very common among mental health patients. Once the person has stabilized and is feeling better, many patients feel they do not need medication any longer and decide to stop taking their prescriptions.
One VERY important rule when taking medication is to never stop using medication unless you are advised by your doctor and under supervision. It is important to maintain a steady state of medication because of factors such as the half life and metabolism of medications and the exquisite sensitivity of our neurochemistry. Stopping medication cold turkey can be very dangerous and even life threatening. Another reason many patients want to stop medication is due to the side effects. It is important to be aware of side effects and alert your doctor of any intolerable side effects. However, it is important to understand many times the benefits of the medication outweigh the side effects.