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Major Med Change

prescriptionsLast time I saw my psychiatrist he mentioned that I research a new medication on the market targeted to treat major depression disorder and schizophrenia. Funny how the two can be so alike. It just hit the market this summer so I was curious. I suffer (yes, I said suffer) from bipolar depression. I am not schizophrenic, but do have bipolar psychosis sometimes. So, I did my research.

I met with my psychiatrist today and told him I was willing to give it a try. You see, my current atypical antipsychotics just aren’t cutting it. The crazy is popping through.

What this means is an 18 day shift to the new medication, slowly eliminating the other two I’ve been taking. A little more of the new, a little less of the old. It is scary. Med changes are NO fun. There are myriad side effects you can encounter – nausea, sweating, headache, trembling, excitement, even mania can be spurred on. In my opinion, antipsychotics are the hardest to adjust to. I told my doctor I might not be driving much in the near future ’til everything settles out.

So, bear with me over the coming weeks as I adjust to the new chemicals in my body and the absence of others. I will do my best to write for you as I always do, but who knows where my mind will be hanging out.

P.S. My doctor recommended a light box for my depression I have been experiencing. He gave me “the look” when I told him I have one but haven’t been using it. My mom gave me the same look over the phone yesterday. I will be getting it out tomorrow and spending my 15-30 of blue light time daily. It really does help. I have a Philips goLITE device. It is at least 5 years old so surely there are new gadgets, but this psychiatrist recommended, like a previous psychiatrist, this brand. (I am not getting anything to promote this product, just want to share the info with you).


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Major Med Change

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2015). Major Med Change. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 25, 2019, from


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