The role of pharmacists in supporting service users to optimise antipsychotic medication

Jo Howe*, Laura Lindsey

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Pharmacists have a contribution to make in improving optimising medication use for people on antipsychotic medication. The rates of prescribing antipsychotics have increased in England with an 18% rise from 2015 to 2020. People on antipsychotic medication are not treated as equal partners in conversations about their medications. This can leave people to make decisions about their antipsychotic medications without input from their prescribers which can have significant consequences for individuals. Involving people in the decision-making process, as experts on their own condition, has the potential to improve treatment outcomes. The evidence suggests that involving pharmacists in supporting people with serious mental illnesses will lead to improved clinical outcomes. Key areas for pharmacist involvement are providing information, education and counselling on antipsychotic medication and the side effects and reducing polypharmacy especially when antipsychotics are prescribed off license.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1293-1298
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Issue number5
Early online date13 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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  • Antipsychotic medication
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Serious mental illness
  • Shared decision-making


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