medication is scary, part one

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include abnormal dreams; anxiety; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flu-like symptoms (eg, fever, chills, muscle aches); flushing; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; runny nose; sore throat; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; weakness; or yawning.

CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience bizarre behavior; black or bloody stools; chest pain; confusion; difficulty concentrating; exaggerated reflexes; excessive sweating; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; increased hunger, thirst or urination; joint or wrist aches or pain; loss of coordination; memory loss; new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, or inability to sit still; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; persistent, painful erection; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, trouble sleeping, or weakness; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache; significant weight loss; stomach pain; suicidal thoughts or attempt; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual swelling; vision changes; or worsening of depression.

5 thoughts on “medication is scary, part one

  1. It may seem scary to you, especially at first reading all of the side effects, but it works. It has saved my life. I am proud to say I will be a lifer on meds. No question.

  2. Medication saved my life too, and I expect to be on it for the rest of my life. But it is scary when you realize all the different effects it can have. It’s not like we are just popping a “happy pill,” is it?

    It is comforting to know that most people don’t have debilitating side effects. I also think that people should know that medication is not a crutch, or something that people take when they’re too weak to try other methods of getting well. I am like Lolly–I’m proud to say that I will be on meds the rest of my life. It means I’m taking care of myself.

    Thank you for discussing this. I look forward to part two!

  3. While OCD sufferers often share similar obsessions and compulsions, the discussion around medication is just so individual. What works for one may not work for another and everyone responds to medication differently. We never really found the “right” meds for our son Dan, though goodness knows we tried! But I think Tina is right when she says that taking her meds means she is taking care of herself. That’s the bottom line……whatever you need to do to take care of yourself (no meds, some meds, many meds!) is the right thing to do. Thanks for sharing!

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