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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: Using medicines requires knowledge of doses, indications, adverse effects, and interactions with other medicines.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Primary care: Sure they can. Main concerns over long-term continued prescribing is side-effects & possible liability issue.
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: More antidepressant medications are prescribed by primary care physicians than by psychiatrists. Any licensed physician can prescribe any medication, with a few exceptions. Primary care physicians vary greatly in their comfort level and skill in prescribing such medications, especially when using lithium or antipsychotics.
Last updated Mar 28, 2018


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