Empower Patients With Bipolar Disorder So They Stay Healthy – Pharmacy Times

Medication nonadherence can adversely affect patients with bipolar disorder, which can result in attempted suicides and suicides, emergency department (ED) visits, homelessness, hospitalizations, increased health care costs, and relapses (figure).1 Adherence is generally defined as taking at least 80% of the prescribed doses, and various factors, such as adverse reactions, drug costs, health literacy, and substance abuse, can affect a patient’s decision to comply with a medication regimen.1 Pharmacists can play an important role to improve medication adherence for patients with bipolar disorder through medication therapy management (MTM) services that focus on promoting mental health.

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