Psychiatric Medication Management

Psychiatric Medication Management in Los Angeles

Psychiatric medication management is essential to mental health treatment for many people. Mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, physician assistants, and psychiatric nurse practitioners, play a crucial role in prescribing and monitoring medication for patients with mental health conditions.

Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles employs double-board certified and triple-board-certified psychiatrists and advanced practitioners with specialized education and training in mental health treatments. Our approach starts with three simple letters: MED – “minimum effective dose.” Your KCLA Care Team strives to identify the ideal type of medication(s) and dose necessary to meet your needs while minimizing undesirable side effects.

Let’s explore the importance of psychiatric medication management in mental health treatment, the different types of psychiatric medications available, how medical professionals choose the proper medication for a patient, and the essential need for monitoring for unwanted side effects. In addition, we’ll discuss alternative approaches to managing mental health conditions.

KCLA Accepts Most Health Insurance Plans

KCLA Accepts Most Health Insurance Plans

Meet Our Medication Management Staff

Dr. Suzie Dupée

Triple-Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Peyman Tashkandi

Director of Psychiatry

The Importance of Medication in Mental Health Treatment

The benefits of medication for mental illness are innumerable. Psychiatric medications can help effectively manage mental health conditions and improve many people’s overall quality of life. These medications can help alleviate symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and psychosis, allowing individuals to function better in their daily lives. Medication alone may not be sufficient for some patients. Other treatment options, such as Ketamine Infusion Therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato, and talk therapy, can be combined with medication to manage various symptoms most effectively. It’s important to note that psychiatric medications are not a one-size-fits-all solution and may not be appropriate for everyone. Working closely with your KCLA Provider to determine the best treatment for your specific needs and goals is essential.

Types of Psychiatric Medications

There are several categories and types of psychiatric medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics. Here is a brief overview of each:

  • Antidepressants treat depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Examples include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft) and tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline and imipramine.
  • Antipsychotics treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Examples include first-generation antipsychotics like haloperidol (Haldol) and second-generation antipsychotics like risperidone (Risperdal) and olanzapine (Zyprexa).
  • Anxiolytics treat anxiety disorders and include benzodiazepines like lorazepam (Ativan) and clonazepam (Klonopin).

Choosing The Right Medication

Your partners in wellness at Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles are experts in medication management and will take the time to get to know you and your unique needs to individualize your treatment plan. When selecting a medication for a patient, the KCLA Care Team considers many factors, including your specific symptoms, medical history, and any potential interactions with other medications. They will also consider the possible side effects of the drug, your personal preferences, and treatment goals. It’s important to note that finding the proper medication and dosage may require some trial and error. Be patient and work closely with your provider to find your most effective treatment plan.

Mental Health Medication Side Effects and Monitoring

Like all medications, psychiatric medications can have potential side effects. Discussing these with your KCLA mental health professional and reporting any adverse effects you experience is essential. Regular follow-up appointments with your KCLA provider are crucial in monitoring the effectiveness of your medication and any potential side effects. Most patients start with bi-weekly appointments and then move to monthly visits after two to three. After 3-6 months of monthly visits, some patients progress to visits every other month. You and your clinician at KCLA will tailor a care protocol that meets your unique needs.

Alternative Approaches

In addition to medication and other clinical treatments such as ketamine infusions, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Spravato, and talk therapy, there are other useful approaches to helping manage mental health conditions. These include lifestyle optimization (such as exercise, a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, social relationships, abstaining from drugs and substances such as alcohol and nicotine, healthy stress management, etc.) and complementary and alternative treatments (such as herbal remedies, supplements, and acupuncture). Work with your KCLA Care Team to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan for your specific needs and goals.


Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles charges $400 for a psychiatric evaluation for new patients and $200 for follow-up visits. We are currently in network with Medicare, Optum, and Managed Health Network (MHN) and can bill them for your visit; more health plans will be added soon.

Unlock Peace of Mind: Optimize Your Mental Wellness with Expert Psychiatric Medication Management!

Psychiatric medication management can be a valuable aspect of mental health treatment for many people. It’s important to work closely with your KCLA Provider to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan, which may include medication management if applicable. Prescription oral medication is not for everyone; fortunately, many evidence-based, safe, and effective alternative treatment options exist. The most effective treatment plan varies from person to person and often includes a combination of several different treatments.

Don’t let your mental health take a backseat! Take control of your well-being with our exceptional psychiatric medication management services in Los Angeles, CA. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care and helping you find the right balance for your mental wellness journey. Schedule your appointment today and start living your life to the fullest. Take the first step towards a brighter future – reach out to us now!

Other Services We Offer

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

At KCLA, patients infuse in a private room with hospital-grade monitoring equipment and continuous monitoring by the medical team. They are made comfortable in premium reclining chairs with pillows, blankets, sleep masks, noise-canceling headphones, and an unlimited selection of relaxing music. 

The experienced and compassionate medical team is dedicated to patient safety and comfort, with a reputation for anticipating patients’ needs before they arise. The entire team at KCLA is committed to nurturing patients on their path from cope to HOPE. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, effective, FDA-approved treatment for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS relieves symptoms approximately 70% of the time and generally requires at least 2-3 weeks of treatment before any improvement. TMS treatments can be as short as three minutes or as long as 25 minutes, with appointments typically lasting 20-60 minutes. 

Treatment is provided in KCLA’s luxurious, private treatment rooms equipped with Samsung Frame smart TVs with high-resolution art displays, entertainment, and more. TMS is generally well-tolerated, with few short-term side effects. TMS may be a suitable option for patients who have not responded to other treatments, such as prescription medication or talk therapy, or who cannot tolerate the side effects of these treatments. KCLA now accepts nine of California’s largest health insurance plans for TMS.    

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