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5 Things To Know About Changing Meds

Changing meds is a usually a shitfest. I know. I’ve done it so, so, many times. So here I am, to help you make it a little easier.

  1. Expect the shitfest. Know that you are going to have emotions all over the place that you cannot control. Know that that is okay. You don’t have to have it all together all the time, especially during a med change.
  2. You need to tell someone close that you that you trust what is going on, because – Heaven forbid – you have a reaction, it is imperative that someone other than a doctor know.
  3. Your sleep pattern will likely change. When I started this last med change I had insomnia, but drowsiness during the day. We have increased the dose and now I am tired all the time and have no trouble sleeping. It is strange how easily it can affect sleep patterns. Try to stick to a regular pattern.
  4. Every medication is different. Don’t judge one reaction you’ve had to the new experience. This time it could be easier, and yes, it could be harder too, but let’s be optimistic. My point is that because every medication is different every med change will also be different.
  5. It can be worth it. Sometimes changing meds, or increasing the dose, is REALLY hard, but it is also worth it. I mean, you are messing with your brain’s chemistry, of course, there are going to be some side effects.

And on that note, this blogger’s med change is making her fall asleep so she must go tuck herself into bed.

5 Things To Know About Changing Meds

Elaina J. Martin


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Martin, E. (2016). 5 Things To Know About Changing Meds. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/being-bipolar/2016/11/12/5-things-to-know-about-changing-meds/

 

Last updated: 13 Nov 2016
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