What are some prominent side effects of bipolar medicines?
Individuals are likely to experience the potential side effects of most bipolar disorder medications. These include anti-manic medicines, mood stabilizing drugs, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication and more. Some of the most common side effects are blurred vision, drowsiness, dryness of the mouth, sexual dysfunction, constipation, weight gain or loss and lightheadedness. While a few side effects occur temporarily, others persist for protracted periods of time. Some of these side effects can be acute, and a cause of worry. If you notice any severe or persisting side effects, discuss them with your doctor. He/she may make certain changes in your medications, the dosage, or the timings to relieve the side effects. However, a patient or his/her care providers must seek emergency care in case severe rash, muscle weakness, tremor, twitch, irregular heartbeat or heart troubles, fever, jaundice, difficulty focusing or confusion, suicidal thinking, hallucinations or any other worrying or sudden changes are experienced. Most medicines for bipolar disorder function slowly, producing results after several weeks. Yet a patient is advised to discuss with his/her doctor if a certain medication has no effect on their symptoms. Under no circumstances, should a patient stop or alter his medications, without consulting a doctor. You should also talk to your doctor if you miss more than one or two doses. Bipolar disorder medication is often paired with talk therapy or psychotherapy to help a patient cope better with this condition and provide him/her with the necessary guidance and support.