In this Mental Health Humor Over-Medicated.com series of cartoons, we tackle the the huge question…”is Bigger Better?”
Labels can be confusing…”extra strength” or “maximum strength“…Best recognized in the mental health community and on psychotropic medications as XL or XR (extended release).
- prescription medication Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release.)
- SEROQUEL XR bipolar disorder
- Depakote ER
Do these drugs even work? As a consumer, who already takes meds –legally prescribed drugs, it was important that I decided to weigh the benefits of the XL or XR (extended release). And, of course, to research thoroughly what these labels actually mean.
When I was on Wellbutrin 150 mgItwice a day – i was never stable… I even had my diagnosis changed to Bipolar mixed state and rapid cycling. Yet, when Wellbutrin XL came out and I was able to get on the manufacturer program to get it. My moods evened out. With that, my Diagnosis, went back to Bipolar Disorder 2 for a while. For me that worked…but that is not the same result for everyone.
If over-the-counter labels are important to decipher accurately…how more important is it to clearly understand our “prescription” drugs and their potency and possible side-effects and interactions with any other drugs. Asking questions is important. Accurate answers could save your health!
Always ask your Doctor and Pharmacist, in whom you trust and with whom you have honest communication, about any drug(s) you are not familiar with and any possible side-effects. Please, do Your own research about any drug you choose to take. Some claims about drugs, just aren’t true. Well, not true to you…meaning drugs affect us all differently. What may mean “extra” strength to someone else: could mean “ordinary” to you!