Monday, August 8, 2022

Comments by traceyh

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  • I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. When prescribed antipsychotic medications, drugs that change brain function resulting in brain damage, the prescribing doctor should be legally obligated to spend a substantial amount of time educating the patient and providing thorough, factual, and objective information regarding the medication. This should include all the short and long term effects on the brain and body; temporary and permanent. In addition, the doctor should be legally obligated to educate- in depth – about the types of tardive dyskinesia (both common and uncommon) that will ultimately occur and be honest about the ramifications of TD including how it can absolutely shatter the lives of patients and families. It is only with this raw knowledge that a person can make an educated decision- weighing out the risks and benefits. Yes, even if the doctor doesn’t agree with the decision. And if the doctor doesn’t possess this information or have the ability and time to thoroughly educate their patient, they shouldn’t be allowed to prescribe this type of drug. At the end of the day, it is the patient that is going to be profoundly affected by this decision regarding medication; not the prescriber. Therefore, in my opinion, the prescriber should be legally responsible to tell the patient the truth about how these drugs affect brain function.