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Can a family physician prescribe derpression and psychiatry medicines ?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Saves money but

Call me old fashioned but it does not mean it is such a good idea.
More ok for family, general, internist, ob/gyn etc to refill antidepressants once a patient is doing well, as part of general health maintenance. I have seen enough prolonged suffering and missed opportunities to appreciate the down side. Worth it to get started with a good psychiatrist, then transition.

In brief: Saves money but

Call me old fashioned but it does not mean it is such a good idea.
More ok for family, general, internist, ob/gyn etc to refill antidepressants once a patient is doing well, as part of general health maintenance. I have seen enough prolonged suffering and missed opportunities to appreciate the down side. Worth it to get started with a good psychiatrist, then transition.
Dr. Andrew Ho
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Dr. Asim Rana
Yes they can to answer your question but it depends on dr. Experience and comfort level as long as they know when to refer a patient to a psychiatrist who are truly experts in the field. I have seen pcp making a mess so any times on the other hand they do a great favor by initially identifying and encouraging pt. to get help.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

All physicians may prescribe antidepressant medications.
Most family doctors are able to help a good number of their patients with depression. They will refer the cases that don't respond or that are complicated to psychiatrists.

In brief: Yes

All physicians may prescribe antidepressant medications.
Most family doctors are able to help a good number of their patients with depression. They will refer the cases that don't respond or that are complicated to psychiatrists.
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Emad Tadros
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Recent warnings

Fda now warns all antidepressants cause suicide, benzodiazepines causing accidents, an informed consent must be obtained before giving any psychotropics (for a reason) and closely monitor alcohol or abuse, psychiatrists who know it best, still miss.
It is okay to start with such a brave family md if you cannot locate a psychiatrist, mental conditions needs close monitoring and frequent visit.

In brief: Recent warnings

Fda now warns all antidepressants cause suicide, benzodiazepines causing accidents, an informed consent must be obtained before giving any psychotropics (for a reason) and closely monitor alcohol or abuse, psychiatrists who know it best, still miss.
It is okay to start with such a brave family md if you cannot locate a psychiatrist, mental conditions needs close monitoring and frequent visit.
Dr. Emad Tadros
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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: YES THEY DO

Pcp's probably treat more patients with depression than psychiatrist just due to shear volume.
It could be alright if the doctor is well trained and feels comfortable. Once it gets more complex often they will refer on to a specialist just like any other disease state that they treat.

In brief: YES THEY DO

Pcp's probably treat more patients with depression than psychiatrist just due to shear volume.
It could be alright if the doctor is well trained and feels comfortable. Once it gets more complex often they will refer on to a specialist just like any other disease state that they treat.
Dr. Cyma Khalily
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Dr. David Murdock
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

As a medical student, i learned alot about psychiatry from an old family doctor practicing in a rural area.
Many pcp's are very adept in diagnosing/treating uncomplicated psychiatric issues. However, their level of expertise varies greatly. The problem comes with complicated illness, medication interactions, and lack of referral sources. A good pcp will know when to treat or refer.

In brief: Yes

As a medical student, i learned alot about psychiatry from an old family doctor practicing in a rural area.
Many pcp's are very adept in diagnosing/treating uncomplicated psychiatric issues. However, their level of expertise varies greatly. The problem comes with complicated illness, medication interactions, and lack of referral sources. A good pcp will know when to treat or refer.
Dr. David Murdock
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Dr. Alan Ali
All PCPs we work with prescribe meds. & refer when response inadequate or they see case as complicated.
Dr. Carlos Neu
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Familyphysicians are competent in treating the total person, both physical and psychological onditions.
A good family practitioner will know when to refer you to a specialist. Generally speaking depression is a condition that a family practitioner can competently treat. Psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia usually are best treated by a psychiatrist because of their complexity

In brief: Yes

Familyphysicians are competent in treating the total person, both physical and psychological onditions.
A good family practitioner will know when to refer you to a specialist. Generally speaking depression is a condition that a family practitioner can competently treat. Psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia usually are best treated by a psychiatrist because of their complexity
Dr. Carlos Neu
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The majority of scripts for psychiatric medicines are written by primary care physicians.
Some pcps are less comfortable with using these meds but will be glad to discuss this issue with their patients and refer them to a psychiatrist if needed.

In brief: Yes

The majority of scripts for psychiatric medicines are written by primary care physicians.
Some pcps are less comfortable with using these meds but will be glad to discuss this issue with their patients and refer them to a psychiatrist if needed.
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes they can

And they do.

In brief: Yes they can

And they do.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: In short, yes.

Family physician's are often the first doctors to see patients with psychiatric problems.
There are also patients who are more comfortable with their family docs than with the idea of seeing a psychiatrist. The best situation is a family doc who can call on a psychiatrist if needed.

In brief: In short, yes.

Family physician's are often the first doctors to see patients with psychiatric problems.
There are also patients who are more comfortable with their family docs than with the idea of seeing a psychiatrist. The best situation is a family doc who can call on a psychiatrist if needed.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Family physician

It depends on their level of comfort and experience with these meds.
Usually, they do & can.

In brief: Family physician

It depends on their level of comfort and experience with these meds.
Usually, they do & can.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Family Physician/rx

Yes family physicians can and most of us do prescribe prescriptons for antidepressants and some psycotropic medicines as well.
We do attend cme lectures and know our patients well to diagnose depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety/panic attacks.We do have limitation in treating schizophrenia and other serious conditions, drug/alcohol addiction. There are not enough psychiatrists&some can not afford.

In brief: Family Physician/rx

Yes family physicians can and most of us do prescribe prescriptons for antidepressants and some psycotropic medicines as well.
We do attend cme lectures and know our patients well to diagnose depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety/panic attacks.We do have limitation in treating schizophrenia and other serious conditions, drug/alcohol addiction. There are not enough psychiatrists&some can not afford.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Psych. meds.

Depends on their level of comfort.

In brief: Psych. meds.

Depends on their level of comfort.
Dr. Alan Ali
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