Hi guys! A couple of people have asked about meds recently and it occurred to me today this might be a useful resource for some people. I’ve been feeling a little fuzzy headed recently and my boyfriend recommended taking B vitamins (they seem to be all about vitamins in America) but there are some strange interactions with psychiatric meds (echinacea is a no go on Lamotrigine for example and grapefruit juice can be genuinely dangerous on Lithium) so i wanted to check it out. After a bit of a google search i found there weren’t many easy to read med guides that weren’t an extensive patient safety leaflet in teeny tiny writing so i’ve gone back to the faithful link on my local mental health Trusts website. As it’s unlikely to come up in a general search i thought i’d share the link here, enjoy!
One of the main problems people have with taking psychiatric medications is the number of side effects. It’s generally understood (but rarely accepted) that there is no ‘magic bullet’ treatment for Bipolar so when trying out different medications you must ask yourself 1) is this side effect tolerable for me personally and 2) do the benefits of the medication outweigh the negative side effects? I have struggled with accepting the number of compromises required to stay well; when I was eighteen I didn’t envisage spending my twenties having early nights and focusing on sleep hygiene, and yet here I am with my lavender candle and box set of Nashville. I was never going to be a hard-core party animal, that’s just not me, but now I don’t have the option I desperately wish I could go out and get wasted in a faux leather mini skirt. These compromises are dictated by both Bipolar and medication, a lack of sleep will make me unwell but taking a sleeping tablet when I stumble in from a night out at 3am will also knock me out till 12 and make me nauseous. You can see the frustration, not only do you live a life guided by the Bipolar but you then also live a life guided by the medication to help the Bipolar, it feels like a lose lose situation.