Chapter 2
Page 11.1

Informed Consent Before Prescribing Psychotropic Medications

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

  • It is given voluntarily and without undue influence; and
  • The consenter receives information (given verbally or in writing) describing:
    • the specific condition to be treated;
    • the beneficial effects on that condition expected from the medication;
    • the probable health and mental health consequences of not consenting to the medication;
    • the probable clinically significant side effects and risks associated with the medication; and
    • the generally accepted alternative medications and non-pharmacological (non-medication) interventions to the medication, if any, and the reasons for the proposed course of treatment