Section 6 - Psychotropic Medications

Informed Consent before Prescribing Psychotropic Medications

According to Texas law, consent to giving psychotropic medication is valid only if:

  • The consent is given voluntarily and without undue influence
  • The consenter receives information (given verbally or in writing) describing:
    • the specific condition to be treated
    • the benefits of the taking the medicine
    • the most likely physical and mental health outcome of not consenting to the medicines
    • the most likely (clinically significant) side effects and risks associated with the medicines
    • the generally accepted alternative medication and all other interventions that don't involve medicines, if any, and the reason for the proposed course of treatment.