Medication Management Specialist

Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa

Richard A Smith, DO

Psychiatry located in Tampa, FL

If you suffer from a mental health disorder and take medication for it, psychiatrist Richard Smith, DO, offers medication management at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. He uses pharmacogenetics to ensure your treatment is safe and effective for your genetic makeup and makes medication adjustments when necessary. Schedule an appointment with Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa to learn more about medication management.

Medication Management Q&A

What is medication management?

Medication management at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa involves properly prescribing and managing medications that optimize mental health, especially if you suffer from:

Taking the right medication for your diagnosis, symptoms, and genetic makeup is the key to maximizing your quality of life.

Should I take medication?

To determine which medication, if any, best matches your personalized needs, your psychiatrist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical exam, psychological evaluation, and genetic testing to diagnose your condition and establish a medication regimen that’s right for you.

What are the benefits of pharmacogenetics testing?

Pharmacogenetics testing at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa helps your doctor find medication regimens that:

  • Are effective for your genetic makeup
  • Contain the right dosage for your needs and desired outcome
  • Have a low risk of negative or serious side effects

Pharmacogenetics helps your provider personalize treatments to give you the best possible mental health outcome, without overmedicating.

What happens during pharmacogenetics testing?

Pharmacogenetics testing usually involves saliva or blood tests that yield your genetic makeup and its effects on certain medicines. During a blood test, your provider takes a blood sample from your arm for analysis. 

They might also collect a sample of your saliva. Each procedure takes less than five minutes to complete. Avoid eating, drinking, or smoking 30 minutes prior to a saliva test.

Is medication management right for me?

Your Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa specialist uses results from pharmacogenetics testing and your mental health diagnosis to let you know which medications, or combinations of treatments, are right for you and how medication management plays a role.

They make adjustments to medication regimens and dosages as needed throughout the course of treatment. Common mental health solutions available at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa include:

  • Oral medications
  • In-office esketamine nasal spray (Spravato™)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Medical marijuana

You might require medications for physical health issues in addition to mental health concerns. 

Don’t settle for medications that don't mesh with your genetic makeup or aren’t necessary. Schedule a medication management appointment with Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa over the phone or online today.