Drug Interactions with Psychotropic Medications- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Psychotropic medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, sedative hypnotics, and stimulants, have complex pharmacological actions and many have shown the potential to interact with other classes of medications. They are often used together to treat mental illnesses in unique combinations that have not been rigorously studied to establish safety or efficacy. They are also commonly prescribed to treat a wide variety of conditions well beyond the traditional borders of psychiatric illness. Drug interactions, therefore, should always be a major consideration before psychotropics are combined with other agents. The risk of serious drug interactions with psychotropic medications increases with the number of concurrent medications prescribed, and is amplified in specific populations (e.g., elders). Because older patients are more likely to suffer from multiple medical and/or psychiatric conditions, they take more medications on a daily basis and the potential for interactions is enhanced dramatically. For example, patients over the age of 65 take an average of 13 prescription medications on an annual basis and consume about 7 different medications daily. This issue provides a brief review of psychotropic drug interactions that can occur with commonly prescribed agents. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic mechanisms as well as patient specific factors that contribute to drug interactions are discussed. The goal of the issue is to foster an understanding of the risks posed by encountered drug combinations, and enable the reader to predict the safety of a given drug regimen by applying basic principles and known trends concerning drug interactions.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 428-0000-09-016-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

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Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.