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Taking Bipolar Medications Safely

Nov 25, 2007
There is no absolute and permanent cure for bipolar disorder just yet. Bipolar medications that are made available in your nearest drugstore are meant to suppress manic depression symptoms. There are some good and some bad things to know about these medications. This article will discuss these, together with tips and and cautions about side effects.

Bipolar medications are not ordinary drugs. They are strong and can be addictive. So if you are not diagnosed as a bipolar disorder patient, never even think of taking them. These medications are always taken with the doctor's prescription.

Some Tips in Taking the Medication Safely

* Do not stop taking the medication unless your doctor tells you to. These bipolar medications are prescribed along with a dosage recommendation. You were prescribed with the medication based on your bipolar diagnosis so if you are advised to take them once a day at a specific time, then do so.

* Always consult your doctor. As mentioned, the medicine is specifically prescribed to you. Never attempt to change or buy a substitute medication without getting your doctor's approval. Furthermore, never even think of mixing your medicine with other non-prescribed ones.

* Even when you feel that your condition is already under control, don't take it upon yourself to stop the medication. Many bipolar patients fall into this trap. At manic highs, they stop their medication believing that everything is manageable. Remind your self that any decision to discontinue the prescribed medicines must be done with your doctor's consent.

* Be accurate in adhering to the dosage and schedule of medication. Always ascertain your dosage amount and when you must take the medication. Most importantly, do not change your dose if you have no approval from the doctor who prescribed them.

* Be religious with your bipolar medications. Follow the items above and stick to your schedule and dosage. If you are able to maintain other habits, why not add this to your list? After all, it's for your own good.

Some of the most common bipolar drugs are antidepressant, anticonvulsants and mood-stabilizer medications. Examples of the commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs are tricyclics, valium, and lithium. These drugs are different from each other and have different effects. It is best to heed your doctor's advice.

Bipolar medications are not guaranteed safe. While your doctor does his best to analyze the information you provide about your condition, leading towards manic depression diagnosis, he can only do so much, given the current state of medical knowledge about the disease.

Possible Side Effects

Some medications may work effectively but may have long-term side effects. They can cause hair loss, weight problem, and even problems in sexual performance. If you experience side effects with your medication, it may help to change your prescription. But again, you must remember not to do that yourself. Always consult your doctor.

Taking bipolar medications can endanger your health if not done properly. If this risk is ignored, the problem can become more damaging. That is the reason many doctors will take necessary steps in monitoring and observing your progress closely. Always take your medication closely with your doctor's advice. Never make your own decisions or judgment about your dosage. Never alter your prescription. Most importantly, just trust your doctor.
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