Key Learning Points:


Psychotropic medication is prescribed

commonly for people with an intellectual



When used appropriately, psychotropic

medication can effectively treat mental

illness and have a positive effect for people

with intellectual disability.


It is important to be clear on the reason for

using a medication so that it can be

determined if it is effective or not.


The need for ongoing treatment should be

reviewed at regular intervals by a doctor.


Although all medications have the potential for side effects and interactions, people

with an intellectual disability are often more vulnerable to the side effects and

interactions of medications.


People with intellectual disability might not be able to report on any side effects

they may be experiencing, and it is important to be familiar with these and to be

alert for their presence.

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Module 10 - Medications and other Physical Treatments