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Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
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


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


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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