Posts tagged drugs
Posts tagged drugs
Tell your doctor, or your therapist, or your pharmacist right away. They have resources that can help you, and they can help you figure it out. But you’ve got to ask them first.
When you look in your almost-empty bottle of pills, of which you were prescribed to take 2 per day, and you find an odd number are left.
Here’s hoping they gave me one extra. Heh.
Pseudoephedrine is a stimulant, which can lead to insomnia, which can precipitate a manic episode. It’s interesting, because in unipolar depression, sleep deprivation can actually help treat a depressive episode (and they’ve actually done studies where they keep depressed people up all night just to see how true that is) whereas in bipolar disorder, it’s considered a serious triggering event for mania, so they never ever do it with us. Also, stimulants can mimic manic symptoms in people who are prone to mania (and even people who aren’t.) And there’s some people who think that you could get tipped over just from that, which I can kind of buy since my anxiety can lead into mini hypomanic spells if I don’t get out of a situation fast enough.
Basically, every stimulant gets a little warning for bipolar people. And they were super freakishly careful (going through the list of likely drugs backwards from how you normally do it, just in case a funky one would work) when putting me on stimulants for ADHD, for all of those reasons. I doubt they’ll ever give me Ritalin - at the first sing of insomnia and jitteriness they pulled me off the Vyvanse right away. Which by the way makes me very sad.onceshedecidedtofly replied to your post: I hate buying Sudafed
… Sudafed affects bipolar disorder?
Thanks to Congress and my state, it’s harder and more annoying to get sinus congestion relief than just about anything else I can do at a pharmacy. By the way - this is all part of the PATRIOT act. Because runny noses and basement meth labs have anything whatsoever to do with terrorism.
(Actually, my ADHD meds are a pain, too, but it’s less obvious since I just need a prescription every month - I don’t have to show ID and sign a register that the pharmacy keeps on record for two years the way I do when I buy psuedoephedrine.)
And yeah, I know it’s a “use with caution” drug for people with bipolar disorder/anxiety. At this point I’m willing to deal with difficulty sleeping, since the congestion and sore throat is keeping me up anyway.
Just to try and taper it off again more slowly. I swear I don’t get the whole intentionally taking recreational drugs thing. This is consistently a miserable, annoying part of my life, and has caused more days of missed work and school than physical illnesses and plain bad luck (flat tires, etc.) have.