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  • There are six main types of mental health drugs that treat different illnesses. Some psychiatric medications work in a few hours, some take weeks or months to become effective.
  • Although powerful, mental health drugs are designed for specific conditions and it is important to take them as directed. Sudden stopping of medication can be dangerous.
  • Side effects can include: headaches, dizziness, nausea, weight gain, dry mouth, cramps, loss of sex drive and sleep problems. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing side effects.
  • To help you remember which medication and which dosage to take, put a list of everything you take and when on the fridge, or put your tablets into pill boxes, or put reminders in your mobile phone.
  • Contact Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for a healthcare or other concessions that will allow you to get extra assistance to pay for medication. 

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015