Bipolar medication side effects: Trading one problem for another.

Posted by Elaine R. @mrser52, Jun 22, 2019

I feel that my bipolar medications work but I just can’t deal with the side effects they cause, they are just as bad as my bipolar problems. So the answer I came up with is just stop taking my medications. So I stopped them, I don’t care anymore.

@mrser52

I just got off the phone from him, he is going to put me on Olanzapine 2.5mg tablets.

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Glad to hear you connected with the PA, @mrser52.

Here is some Mayo Clinic information on the olanzapine https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/olanzapine-oral-route/precautions/drg-20071350?p=1

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@lisalucier

Glad to hear you connected with the PA, @mrser52.

Here is some Mayo Clinic information on the olanzapine https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/olanzapine-oral-route/precautions/drg-20071350?p=1

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Thank You, and I want to Thank everyone for there support and advice.

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@mrser52

Thank You, and I want to Thank everyone for there support and advice.

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@mrser52 Elaine, may I suggest you keep written notes for the first several weeks? All your medications, time of days, time you eat, how you feel Physically/emotionally/mentally. Write down what the Dr has told you to expect regarding the new medication working. I'll bet that when you look back at the notes in several months, you may see that change you wanted!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@mrser52 Elaine, may I suggest you keep written notes for the first several weeks? All your medications, time of days, time you eat, how you feel Physically/emotionally/mentally. Write down what the Dr has told you to expect regarding the new medication working. I'll bet that when you look back at the notes in several months, you may see that change you wanted!
Ginger

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Hello@mrser52, I just wanted to encourage you to keep the written notes as @gingerw suggested in order to see how the new medication is working. Written notes can be a great way to deal with medication and/or diet changes and give you a good picture of how you are doing. Thanks for that great suggestion, Ginger!

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I tried the Zyprexa, and it made me worse. I felt so self distractive on this drug, I just kept fighting, I wanted to hurt my self so bad. I am not going to take this drug any more. I will keep taking my Oxcarbazepine pills. I am done trying using any other drug.

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@mrser52 – that is so unfortunate the medication made you worse, distracted, and wanting to hurt yourself.

Has your doctor advised about how to taper off the medication and what other therapies – medication or otherwise (I realize you are feeling done with medications, in general, after your recent experiences) – might be available to you?

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No, he dose not know that I stopped it. Bipolar meds just don't work for me so I am all done with them.

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@mrser52

No, he dose not know that I stopped it. Bipolar meds just don't work for me so I am all done with them.

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I'd really encourage you to touch base with your doctor about what you experienced and to ensure your taper off the medication goes safely and smoothly, @mrser52. I think that doctors get that medication side effects are sometimes too much to tolerate.

Do you have access to a support group for patients with bipolar disorder? If not, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) may have local support groups they can connect you to, 800-950-NAMI, info@nami.org.

What other ideas have been given to you by your doctor — or have you seen in your own experience -— for managing your symptoms?

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They have talked about ECT's , I can't do them because of my brain tumor. There just isn't anything more that I can try, because I have tried them all over the course of 30 years.

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Meditation has helped me… just throwing that out there. 🙂

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They just don't work for me.

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Dose anyone know if it is safe to have ECT treatments when you have a intracranial meningioma brain tumor?

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