The Fight to Always Take Your Medication

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. – Edgar Allan Poe

Late Sunday night I began the same ritual before I got into bed (one of many rituals in my life) whichjoonas-sild-712992-unsplash.jpg consisted of refilling my medication. I was feeling a bit blue while refilling my meds. I had missed a couple of days of medication, and I have worried that the past few weeks of cycling between mania and depression has something to do with my missing medication. It is always a way to skip your pills. It keeps you from entirely taking advantage of what the medications are supposed to do.

This has become a more occurring theme since being diagnosed with Bipolar one.

My most important and often missed medications are my lithium. Since the beginning of my diagnosis, I have hated this medication. One of my psychiatrists told me it’s the most researched psych med out there, and it will help me find balance. I have been on really high doses and low doses. What I hate the most is the side effects like always being thirsty and the uncontrollable shaking of my hands. Now I am staring down an increase in my lithium to try and refocus my recent mania back to center.

Part of the issue is over the course of the past almost eleven years I have had a lot of increases in medication and then for health reasons more were added to my daily cocktail of meds. Eventually, it becomes a very tedious task to remember that you have to take your medication throughout the day and week.

I have tried everything to keep my medication on track. I bought a pill holder that breaks down by day and specific times of that day. Each day has four slots, and I have at least one spot for medication in each that I have to take throughout my day.

I found an app that reminds me of each pill session, but even that at times I see the notification and still miss a dose. I know there are the medications I can’t live without, my Ativan and Seroquel. I always find myself struggling to take all my medication as prescribed.

Do any of my fellow bloggers struggle daily with this issue? What are some techniques that you use to make sure that you always take your medication?

Please leave comments below.

Always Keep Fighting

James

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27 Replies to “The Fight to Always Take Your Medication”

  1. I always remember to take my bedtime meds because I can’t sleep without them. I take all my lithium at bedtime, so that takes care of that. Daytime meds can definitely be harder to remember.

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  2. I’ve honestly had the same problem with taking meds. Along with the fact that the side effects did not help me keep any balance. I felt like a lab rat, which is why I have went cold turkey. Not everyone agrees with the decision I have made, but I have been able to stick to a routine where my moods / phases have a balance. Since we often come into distractions on a daily basis, I would certainly look into speaking with your psychiatrist again about your concerns. Most of my medications were switched to taking before going to sleep due to the same issue. My meds also made me extremely tired and i couldn’t handle them during the day. I had only one pill in the morning to control my mood swings. I hope this helped. Also, how do you accept payment to help with your self-publishing? I am also going down that route, but for poetry.

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    1. I have an upcoming appointment with my psychiatrist, and I will discuss the issue with my medication. Are you writing down your journey without meds? I have a button on some of my pages that allows people to donate through PayPal.

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  3. So far I only have my sleeping pills, so it’s easy to remember to take them on time. But with my growing insomnia( the current med is definitely not working), I fear I have to go down to the route of taking more meds on higher dose.

    How about trying out post-it notes on most visible places inside your house? Just my two cents.

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  4. My morning meds are a constant gamble. As I was driving to work this morning I realized I had skipped that part of my morning routine on accident. Night is easier. I don’t have any alarms or reminders, and I just rely on memory, but a false sense of optimism makes it easier for me to forget.

    I also worry that one missed dose is immediately going to set me back, and then I stress about it and fulfill the prophecy my damn self. The struggle is real, and I know it is going to be a life-long thing, regardless of reminders, alarms, and helpful suggestions from loved ones.

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  5. Lithium was a problem for me too, it caused hypothyroidism and my hair started falling out. Fortunately my doctor was able to offer alternatives and I’m doing much better. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  6. I always take mine with a warm drink, caffeine free coffee in the morning while I am getting ready and a green tea or hot chocolate in the evening when I’m getting ready for bed. I hope you find a way that works for you. Delora x

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  7. Oh man, it’s a pain for me to remember to take mine :/ I usually try to set like a reminder on my phone or having my medications placed in the kitchen where my coffee maker is at (80% of the time, I’ll miss taking mine somehow). I feel your struggle!!

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  8. Alarms on my phone always help. I also have my roommates to keep me accountable, they ask me if I’ve taken everything I need to. It’s so personal, but having people who care and want the best for me to keep me on track makes a huge difference.

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  9. I’m currently in the same boat. I have been on lithium for two years and in that time gained TWENTY TWO pounds – it’s unreal! I also have hand tremors to bad I had to give up playing the cello. BUT I haven’t been manic at all in that time. I have been depressed though, and now they want to give me an antidepressant, which will of course mean my lithium has so go up to counteract.
    I am pretty consistent at taking my medication because I have an Assistance Dog who is trained to bring me my meds when an alarm goes off twice a day. She then waits for me to take them and then puts them back after. If I forget to give the bag back to her she bothers me until i do! She is an excellent dog.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that you gave up the cello. That is amazing, I have been looking into getting an assistant dog. Is it a hard process? I have been researching but there is so much wrong information out there.

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      1. Yeah, she’s great! I don’t know where you are, but in the UK it’s honestly pretty fucking hard. Not a lot of organisations do solely mental health assistance dogs because it’s so hard to find three concrete tasks to train the dog which mitigate your disability. Ruffie is actually a cardiac alert dog, but her help with my brain stuff is invaluable. I would say try looking for a local/nationwide group on facebook and see what other people are doing/what tasks their dogs do that help them. And hey, if it’s a companion and focus to your life that is hard to compare that you want, you can always get a pet dog! They are so underrated as a form of self-care.

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