Medication and Sedative Side Effects
The medication combo that I am taking now has me living in a
world of my own as I am so completely drugged and nauseated. I sleep until 2 - 4
PM and go to sleep around 11:00 or 12:00 PM. That doesn't give me much time to
live my life and I cannot tell you how behind I am on my website work which I
love so much. I work as much as I can but I don't get much done and I really
A few days I actually got up at 9AM and 10 AM. One night scared me. I woke up in
the middle of the night to go to the restroom and at that time I have absolutely
no balance with all these meds. I was just a breath away from falling into the
bathtub head first. Needless to say I called my nurse practitioner the next day
and the only advice I got was to cut my klonopin in two and take one half at
Why don't I quit? Why do I allow this? I am dedicated and devoted to getting
better. I know that the side effects of Serzone will go away. I have put my
recovery ahead of temporary discomforting side effects. I can practice patience
and this is the time to practice patience. How will I ever know if this med
works if I am not patient through this difficult time?
Serzone also takes 4 to 6 weeks to work. It may not work for me but if I am
patient and give it a full trial I will not to try it again. I think long term
always, never short term.
The medicine changes have also come between my husband and I. I am not the
boisterous person that I usually am, always interested in life. I am not even
good for conversation. I don't make dinner and in fact I don't really do
anything but sleep and do whatever work I can on the computer. On the computer I
completely blank out a lot and absolutely forget what I was doing and why. I
misspell words even more.
I live in my own world as I am completely spaced out and very
drugged. I really don't want to be spoken to, as that would require turning on a
brain that is not fully functional. My husband Tim says I slur my words
What I do know is that this phase in my life is temporary. It has a beginning, a
middle and an end. I have been through much worse and on a scale from 1 being
the easiest and 10 being the worst, this is a 3 or 4. !0 is a severe suicidal
depression, or being abandoned.
Last night I began to cry because I sat down to take my night meds and I
honestly could not remember if I had already taken them or not. My husband kept
asking me why I was crying and I refused to answer. I was crying because I had
become so stupid and confused and I was getting tired of feeling this way.
How many of you have been at this place?
My husband very kindly stated today they he was going to prepare my night meds
and set them aside. I was so relieved and so grateful.
I wanted to ask for his help but I really was thinking he was getting tired of
my cup being entirely empty and him having to do everything.
Even though families may understand completely what you are going through and
want to offer as much support as they can, it is still very hard on them. They
miss you and during these times, the real you is gone. They do begin to resent
doing everything if these kinds of episodes go for very long.
My advice to families is yes, I do understand your feelings and you need to talk
about these feelings with someone, anyone other than your wife, or the person
that is ill.
You must remember that that person is empty inside, is unable to be the person
you need for them to be right now and imagine that person down on the ground -
that's where they are right now. They do not have the skills to handle your
feelings. Trust me on this.
So find someone else to talk to because you do need to talk and your feelings
are important. Also know that your loved one will come back.
If you are taking meds and you have been experiencing this sort of sedation for
a long period of time, something is wrong! You should not be experiencing this
on a permanent basis.
I spoke to one woman who was on so many psychotropic meds for bipolar disorder
that she slept over 20 hours a day and literally walked into walls. Once she
lowered her meds, she began to come alive and felt better.
No one should ever feel this way permanently! This is no way to live. See a
different doctor if you need to!
An important thing to remember is that whether your sedation is
permanent or temporary, make sure that you are safe. Obviously you cannot
continue to work as a roofer as you may fall off of the top of a house!
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