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.

5 Ways To Get Rid Of The Baby Fat

5 Ways To Get Rid Of The Baby Fat

Many women who have recently given birth are always interested in attempting to lose some of that extra weight that traditionally accompanies having a baby. What many of these women do not entirely realize is the fact that breast-feeding can not only help provide the baby with essential vitamins and nutrients, but can also help in the weight-loss process.

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