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Does your medication have side effects?

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August 21st, 2013, 01:12 PM
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Does your medication have side effects that bother you? Have you taken any medication in the past that had unwanted side effects?

I take lithium and it has a lot of side effects. I am constantly having hand tremors (not as bad as I used to) or these little twitches that drive me crazy. I am also having this problem with what I think is akithesia (sp?) but basically I feel this restlessness and constant need to move. Sometimes I will pace or walk around because it makes me so uncomfortable. I am going to talk to my doctor about that when I see him next.

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August 23rd, 2013, 01:35 PM
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My meds had a ton which is why I got off of them. I could no longer function at all and ended up in the hospital.
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August 23rd, 2013, 09:56 PM
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I found out the hard way I'm allergic to most bipolar meds I am allergic to Klonapin, Prozac, Xanax and (not bipolar related) Codine. They all made me see things and really hyped up my mania. I don't really get the "depressed" part of my Bipolar (that's why I'm type 1 and not 2)...I get the manic, run around, spend money, drink till I'm wasted, and other not so happy behaviors.
My current meds (Ativan and Celexa) make me extremely tired and just want to sleep so I take them at night. Decreasing my Ativan now (you've read my post ) and it's giving me extreme muscle aches. I feel like I need to flex my arms and move my legs constantly or they HURT so badly.

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