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Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Using medicines requires knowledge of doses, indications, adverse effects, and interactions with other medicines.

Answered May 22, 2017

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sure they can. Main concerns over long-term continued prescribing is side-effects & possible liability issue.

Answered Oct 3, 2016

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Dr. Anthony Vita answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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.

Answered Mar 28, 2018

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