Coping With Medication: The Bipolar Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • Eek! I’m adjusting meds! On Monday, I had some dental work done. I walked out feeling like a horse - a big Clydesdale - kicked me in the mouth. I was prescribed an antibiotic and a pain-killer. It took me till Friday to realize it was the antibiotic, not the pain-killer, that was turning me into a zombie. I kept needing to take naps, but when I woke up I would not be refreshed.


    This was a total no-life for me.


    Yesterday, I skipped one of my doses. Last evening, I felt both my energy and cognition return. I baked a gourmet mac-cheese and prepared some fresh pasta. Today, I am expecting a visitor. Ah, a life.

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    The experience brought me back in touch with what most of you go through every day. Meds-meds-meds. Our doctors are happy to see us stable, but at what cost? All week, I had things to do. I was powerless to do them. Imagine if it was like this every day of my life. For many of you, it is.


    Unfortunately, adjusting meds is a constant fact of life for most of us. In this regard, I have been very fortunate. But this week, I got to experience what most of you go through. Honestly, I don’t think I could have taken it a second week.


    Question: How do you adjust to a life of adjusting meds?


    Feel free to share all your horror stories. Comments below ... 

Published On: May 20, 2012