Medication Review Specialist

Holistic Psychiatry

Meredith Sagan, MD

Psychiatrist located in Santa Monica, CA

At Holistic Psychiatry, Meredith Sagan, MD, is sought out for her ability to manage medications. If you’ve struggled with your medications, with little or no results, Dr. Sagan is able to find solutions where others have failed. Through a comprehensive medication review, Dr. Sagan gets you on the right path for long-term success. Dr. Sagan is known for conducting highly accurate medication management in which she can adjust or correct your prescription to stabilize brain chemistry. If you’d like to learn more and you’re located near Santa Monica, California, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Medican Review

What is medication review?

Medications can play a valuable role in mental health issues, but there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. The sheer number of pharmacological options when it comes to managing mental illness can be overwhelming, and they include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Stimulants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Mood stabilizers

Unfortunately, all too often these medications are prescribed without taking in the whole picture, which is where Dr. Sagan comes in. By thoroughly reviewing your medical and mental history, your current health, and the medications you’re taking, Dr. Sagan is able to spot contraindications, redundancies, ineffective medicines, and even inaccurate diagnoses to get you on the right medications for your unique situation. 

Dr. Sagan’s goal is to make low-dose and highly customized formulations with minimal or no side effects while providing you with maximum results. The right prescription will help stabilize your brain chemistry and make you feel like more of yourself.

Rest assured, Dr. Sagan is with you every step of the way, making any necessary adjustments to ensure that you’re receiving the most benefit from your medications.


Why are medications important?

Dr. Sagan has found that, for those who need them, psychiatric medications work the most quickly and accurately to stabilize the very serious mental issues that people face. The goal of these medications is to arrest or decrease the symptoms that are directly controlling your life or that present a danger.

But these medications work differently for each person, and Dr. Sagan understands which medications may benefit you most in order to stop the downward spiral of mental disorder. By stabilizing your brain chemistry with medication to immediately address your mental state, you can have a solid foundation from which to begin to learn the life skills and practical self-management tools to ensure long-term relief from mental health issues.


What about long-term medication use?

What is holistic about Dr. Sagan’s care is that she teaches you how to self-regulate your emotional state naturally so that you may be able to eventually get off of your medications entirely (in cases where this is medically safe).  Dr. Sagan uses psychiatric medication very judiciously, in the lowest doses possible, and with the very specific purpose of supporting you until you find your edge of stability in order to support the process of learning how to self-regulate naturally.

Dr. Sagan’s approach is also holistic in that she takes all of a person’s experiences, circumstances and characteristics into consideration when prescribing medication and teaching self-management techniques. She operates from the understanding that each person is a whole made up of physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual aspects. 

She considers how a change in one area of your life will initiate a change in others, and looks at your family history, environment, social circumstances, and more, fully looking at your past, your present, and your life’s trajectory into the future. Taking all of this into account, Dr. Sagan then uses medication as a tool to help you gain biochemical stability so that you can begin to do the work of creating the life you want.

To learn more about medication review at Holistic Psychiatry, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking feature.