Section A Introduction
Who is this resource for?
This resource is for family carers of someone with a learning disability, autism or both who are looking for information about psychotropic medication. The pathway focuses on how to make sure that your relative only takes medication that they need and that your relative is taking medication safely.
You may find this resource useful if you are a family carer of someone who has a diagnosis of a learning disability, autism or both, and:
- Medication has not been suggested for your relative. At this point, you may want to find out more so you are informed if somebody suggests your relative should take medication.
- Medication has been suggested for your relative. This resource will give you information about topics such as:
- What you need to find out before your relative starts taking medication;
- What the alternatives are to medication;
- How medication should be monitored; and
- What to do if you disagree with your relative taking medication.
- Your relative is already taking psychotropic medication. This resource will give you information about topics such as:
- How your relative’s medication should be monitored;
- What to do about any side effects; and
- What to do if you have concerns about your relative’s medication.