I am supposed to take my mood stabilizer (Lamictal) twice a day. One pill in the morning and one and a half at night, but, sometimes I find myself cheating on my meds.  I don’t use a pill cutter and when I go to take my half pill at night, I’ll bite a fourth off.  I wonder if doing that is really going to make a difference in my mood.  Well, not right away, but eventually, it does.  You wouldn’t think biting off just a little less would cause an effect but it will.  I don’t know if it is psychological or chemical, probably both, but I still do it once and awhile and know I am not the only one.

I think the best way to manage the impulse to bit off less than prescribed is to use a pill cutter. I’ve come to understand that although I have always been strict about taking my meds, have never skipping a beat, and always making sure I don’t wait till the last minute to call my pharmacy for a refill, I have to accept the fact sometimes I’ll toss the pill cutter aside and will cheat on my meds.  But, once the insomnia creeps in, I know I’m in trouble. 

Having said that, if you are one to occasionally cheat on your meds, know that the side effects will eventually show their ugly face.  This will keep you in check and put you back in line and be a learning tool to help you stick to the plan.  Don’t regret, feel guilty, or resent yourself if you are one that tends to cheat. Remember, although cheating has consequences, you are only human.

 


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    Last reviewed: 10 Apr 2014

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2014). Are you a med cheater?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2014/04/10/are-you-a-med-cheater-cheating-on-your-medication/

 

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