Concise Psychotropic Medication Prescribing Directions

Updated: February 1, 2022
Author(s): David Harrison, MD, PhD; Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD; Joe Cerimele, MD, MPH

This is a collection of prescribing protocols for commonly prescribed psychotropic medications used for treating adult patients.

The protocols are succinct and tailored to the outpatient setting. These prescribing protocols integrate information from several sources: clinical experience in Collaborative Care; each medication's FDA labels (available here); published literature; and practice guidelines, including reviews of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Guideline Clearinghouse. The protocols were organized into three sections: dosing information, monitoring, and general information.

It is important to consider the limitations of these protocols in addition to their utility. Broadly speaking, these prescribing protocols are intended to facilitate the best possible prescribing practices in the outpatient setting. They should always be used with discrimination and, where questions arise (e.g., as new prescribing information comes out about a medication), in consultation with a pharmacist and current FDA drug label guidelines.

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