This webinar will highlight the different classes of antidepressant medications as well as review the advantages and disadvantages of the various options. We’ll also discuss how certain antipsychotic medications may be considered when treating depression. By the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of medication management in the setting of depression when an individual responds to the first antidepressant prescribed and how we deal with situations in which our initial antidepressant regimen doesn’t achieve the outcome we had hoped for.
Lisa Simon is a mental health program pharmacist with the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health and the Forensic Outreach team in St. Thomas. She has covered both the geriatric psychiatry program and the forensic programs at the former Regional Mental Healthcare London and St. Thomas hospitals. Lisa works with doctors, nurses and students to help provide medication services to patients at the hospital and the outpatient program. Education of patients, health care students/residents and colleagues and individual and group based medications services for mental health needs are a key role in Lisa’s position.
Denise Kreutzwiser is a clinical pharmacist with the Pain Management Program St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Denise transitioned her clinical focus from HIV/viral hepatitis treatment to chronic pain management in January 2017, following the Ontario government’s investment in expanded allied health services at outpatient hospital pain clinics. Denise works as an integral part of the pain management program’s multi-disciplinary team, providing both individual and group-based medication services for chronic pain patients. Educating patients, health care students/trainees, and colleagues about evidence-informed pain medication management is a key part of Denise’s position.