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 a trust leaflet about your medication and a manufacturer patient information leaflet. Please read both.

You can also check the NHS Choices medication information, and the following websites:  

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

Side Effects

Most side effects are manageable, some are severe and can even 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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