Medication can help people with mental health issues to cope better, and to benefit from other treatment.

If you are a patient, you will receive both a trust leaflet about your medication and a manufacturer patient information leaflet. Please read both.

You can also check these websites:  

NHS Choices includes advice for if you are if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Side Effects

Most side effects are manageable. Occasionally they are severe and very rarely they can be life-threatening.

If you think you or the person you care for is having a severe reaction to their medication:

  • call your mental health team and ask to speak to the duty doctor. If you don’t have the team number, call the trust switchboard on 020 3228 6000.
  • call the South London and Maudsley 24 hour crisis line on 0800 731 2864 (Option 1)
  • call the NHS helpline on 111, they can connect you to a suitable healthcare professional and call an ambulance if necessary

Information for healthcare professionals


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