Practitioner Course

Medication Management and De-escalation with Lara Zakaria 

A functional medicine approach to deprescribing and managing patient medications

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


1.5 hours total


Lara Zakaria

About this course

Enhance your skills in managing your patient's medications and rationalising their drug regime. We are witnessing a surge in complex clinical cases, coupled with patients relying on a multitude of medications. This poses significant challenges as we strive to provide the best possible care. However, the good news is that you can stay ahead of the curve with the latest strategies and techniques.

During this compelling webinar, Lara Zakaria unravels the realities of modern patient care and sheds light on the escalating complexities surrounding medication use. With a growing chronic disease burden and patients juggling extensive medication lists, it's crucial to address potential issues head-on. Lara's expertise will empower you to identify and rectify medication misuse, thereby mitigating adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, falls, cognitive impairment, and hospitalisations.

When used responsibly, medication can have a tremendous and often life-saving impact on disease management. However, with polypharmacy comes increased risk of drug interactions, medication errors, and adverse drug reactions. Furthermore, are the significantly increased economic costs and burden on health systems. We have to also consider patients who express dissatisfaction with their medication, either due to inadequate response, side effects, or costs which drives them to seek alternatives.

As a result, there’s a demand for a more holistic approach to medication management (e.g. diet, nutraceutical-drug interactions, DIND, etc.) as well as safe de-prescribing guidelines especially within the context of a Functional Medicing framework.

During this session we weigh the various considerations for safe and effective, evidence-informed, deprescribing in clinical practice. Gain practical insights that will set you apart in providing exceptional patient care. Whether you work directly with prescriptions or not, as a healthcare provider, monitoring your patients' medications is a crucial aspect of your role.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Acquire actionable strategies to navigate the challenges of multiple medication usage.
  • Learn to identify potential problems and proactively address them for improved patient outcomes.
  • Understand the impact of medication misuse and how it affects patient safety.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to optimise medication regimens, even without prescribing.
  • Identify opportunities to improve medication outcomes and reduce side effects through drug-induced nutrient depletion and nutraceutical-drug interactions.
  • Use lifestyle modification in disease state management to reduce medication need in dyslipidemia, GERD, and depression.
  • Use case-based learning to apply principles of de-escalation and deprescribing.

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Lara Zakaria PharmD MS CNS 

Dr Zakaria is a Functional Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist based in New York City. A graduate of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, at Rutgers University (BSpharm) and the University of Colorado Skaggs College Of Pharmacy (PharmD), she spent 20 years in community pharmacy practice. After developing an interest in nutrition, she earned a MS in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and subsequently qualified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) as well as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).

Lara currently practices as part of a multi-disciplinary Functional Medicine clinic and supervises a professional mentorship program under the Medical Directorship of Dr Kara Fitzgerald. She is also adjunct professor of nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics at the University of Bridgeport and George Washington University, as well as guest instructor for Functional Medicine at LECOM College of Pharmacy.

Lara is passionate about gut health and the prevention and reversal of metabolic, kidney, and autoimmune disease and working with pharmacy professionals to leverage their unique expertise in medication management, drug-drug/drug-nutrient interactions, and genomics to optimize patient medical and nutritional programs.