Assessment of Adverse Effects

Adverse effects cause more nonadherence to prescribed therapy than any other factor. Monitor patients regularly for adverse effects and health status, especially since mood stabilizing drugs and antipsychotic drugs commonly cause metabolic side effects such as weight gain. Repeat laboratory tests for renal and thyroid function for patients taking lithium and hematology and liver function for patients taking carbamazepine or DVP. Annual measurement of serum lipase may be advisable for patients taking DVP. More specific discussion of metabolic side effect monitoring of patients taking atypical antipsychotic drugs is discussed in the chapter on schizophrenia.

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