Minded's responsible approach to prescribing controlled medications


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May 9, 2022

Minded's experienced, board-certified psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are dedicated to helping you find and manage the mental health medication that works for you. We currently treat common conditions, including depression, anxiety, and sleep. We prescribe mental health medications per our providers' clinical judgement and Minded protocols.

That includes some controlled medications, AKA controlled substances. Controlled medications are designated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to their potential for abuse and dependence. There are varying schedules where medications are categorized, which you can find more information about on the DEA website. Because of the potential for abuse and dependence, there are more regulations about how we prescribe and monitor these medications both at the federal and state levels. There are also exceptions due to the COVID-19 public health emergency that allow for more flexibility in prescribing of controlled medications via telehealth at this time.

At Minded, we are very thoughtful about how we prescribe with safety as our primary concern. We follow government regulations closely to make sure we are in line with them, and we have our own internal protocols for prescribing controlled medications. This includes that we do not start controlled medications and we require proof of a prior prescription in state monitoring systems that we have access to. We do not prescribe controlled medications in every state where we operate. We do not prescribe schedule II medications (things like Ritalin, Adderall, and medications with methlyphenidate or amphetamine in their name). Please ask our team if you have questions about what we prescribe in your location.

At Minded, we are very thoughtful about how we prescribe with safety as our primary concern.

We also limit controlled medication doses, do not combine with opioids or when taking multiple controlled medications, and do not prescribe controlled medication to those who have an active substance use disorder. Additionally, our providers always use their clinical judgement in deciding the appropriateness of any medication prescribed and, as with all medications, we use the lowest effective dose possible.

For benzodiazepines and sleep medications, we also educate patients on the general short-term use of these medications and how to safely lower and stop medications when appropriate.

At Minded, your health, safety, and peace of mind is our top priority. Please contact with any additional questions.




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