Bipolar Disorder Medication Tips: Travel

Here are some tips on travel and meds:

– Put your meds in more than one place.

– Put meds in your carry on.

– Put meds in regular suitcase.

If you lose either one, you have to make sure you have enough meds to last the trip.

– Make sure your bottles have your name on them and the name of the pills. Don’t mix them all together.

 

– Talk with your prescriber and ask her to be ready if you need a prescription called in to your destination.

That way you will have meds no matter what happens.

Julie

PS: Your meds are gold- make sure you travel safely.

Breakthrough Bipolar Mood Swings

Breakthrough mood swings happen when a mood swing is stronger than bipolar disorder medications.

I have a friend with bipolar I (one) who has been on lithium for over 15 years. It has worked well, but about every three years, a serious manic episode breaks through. Considering that she was mania free for so many years, she wasn’t ready for the last one.

As all people with Bipolar I (one) know, mania can be devastating. It’s so important that all of us look for bipolar disorder symptoms all of the time so that these mood swings can be caught early. If you’ve been on meds a long time, you still have to look for possible changes.

 

Julie

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Part: 1 Find Bipolar Disorder Medications that Work for You

Bipolar medications that work for you with limited side-effects. [ Read More ]

Part 2: Find Bipolar Disorder Medications that Work for You

side effects tummyStrategies to find medications that work with your mind and body:

# 1 Microdosing. Everybody processes medications differently. Our bodies are very individual which is why some people can take a certain drug with no side effects while others, like myself can have every single side effect listed on the drug warnings. There is a way to get around this. My co-author Dr. John Preston introduced me to microdosing many years ago. If your body has trouble processing a medication at the recommended dose, you can start with very small doses of the medication (microdosing) so that your body can acclimate to the drug with less side effects. This is what I did when I started Lamictal- an [ Read More ]

Pt 3: Find Bipolar Disorder Medications That Work for You

meds four imageBipolar Disorder Medications: It’s getting better.

Many doctors are much more informed these days. They seem to understand that side effects are not something we can simply live with. Drug companies are working on creating medications with less side effects-especially when it comes to weight gain. There will be new medications on the market in the future, so there is always hope that you will find something that works.

I don’t want to take meds. At all. But I do take them so that I can live. This means I have to find a way to live with what they do to my body. This is why I kept trying and found relief with medications that didn’t work in 1995, but [ Read More ]

What is Zyprexa? Is it used to treat Bipolar Disorder?

zyprexalemonZyprexa is an anti psychotic drug (also known as a neuroleptic) used to treat bipolar disorder psychosis.

Zyprexa is called an ‘atypical’ antipsychotic as it is a new class of drugs with less side effects that the old anti-psychotics such as Thorazine and Haldol.

Zyprexa is known for weight gain- an average of 20 pounds per person, but some don’t have the weight gain. It’s used to treat bipolar disorder psychosis and schizophrenia.

It’s hard to find a balance between the benefits of Zyprexa and the side effects- but for many, the benefits are what matters. I have a friend who was on the drug for two years to keep her mania and psychosis in check. It definitely kept her out of the hospital- [ Read More ]

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