1. When an unstable patient asks why it is necessary to add medications to his current regimen, the PMHNP’s best response would be:
“In an extreme case such as yours, more than one medication is often needed.”
“Due to the ineffectiveness of your current medication, we need to try something else that can possibly potentiate its effects.
“Medications are often specific to the neurotransmitter(s) they are affecting and, due to more than one neurotransmitter involvement, it is often necessary to use more than one medication to improve symptoms.”
“I understand your concern. We can discontinue your current medication and switch to a different one that may better manage your symptoms.”