This has always been a hot topic for discussion. How we react to medications we take for bipolar disorder.
About 4-years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and psychosis. Since then I’ve cycled through several different medications for my disorder.
As most of you, I’ve been on or currently take antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and other pills to counteract side effects.
These pills I’ve taken in combination to balance my symptoms.
Over the last 4-years I’ve experienced:
- Night sweats
- Bad dreams
- Fear of the dark
- High anxiety
- Severe sleepiness
- Low blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Bladder issues
Just to name a few. Though most of us have heard, “just give it time, and the side effects will lessen and go away.”
These words are sometimes hard to swallow. Some side effects are difficult to live with on a day-to-day basis. Not to mention, some can take up to a year to surpass.
Although, the latter side is the positive effects on managing our disorder. Without these medications it would be damn near impossible to find management, must less stability.
I take my medication as prescribed. I do on occasion miss a dose, but try diligently to stay on top of it.
The question remains”how does one manage the side effects?”
There frankly are a number of way to combat them.
You should always talk to your doctor first to report all unpleasant side effects. Your doctor may have a medication he/she can prescribe to assist, or offer suggestions on how to manage it.
You could wait it out. Given enough time, most of these bothersome side effects do in-fact subside.
As odd as it sounds, I’ve found that exercise is a true help! Nothing more than a simple 30-minute stroll on a consistent basis.
It’s also possible that the medication isn’t right for you. That’s one reason to always communicate with your doctor.
Side effects differ per person. What effects me, won’t necessarily effect you.
Things that play a part in aggravating side effects:
- A poor diet
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Tobacco use
It’s important to help yourself, by staying away from these irritants.
How do you handle side effects? What is your experience?