I upped my meds to 1500 mg. two weeks ago. The first week, I had the usual onset of my “usual” side effects– nausea, a heavy, woozy head, more shakes, a bit of a headache, “the runs,” (more like “the sprints”). But yesterday, my headache was crushing, I had a nauseous lump in my throat to compete with Plymouth Rock, and I may as well have set up my computer in a bathroom stall. I was on intimate terms with the floor tiles. Taking to heart the cautions of all you excellent bipolar bloggers and bipolar caregivers out there, including Mike and Sara and Thordora and Just Me, I called my shrink and told her I thought I might be beginning a toxic reaction. I got to the lab this morning, had a fasting draw, and sure enough I was just start the Toxic Creep– 1.02, instead of somewhere in the .7-1.0 range. I ditched the extra pill tonight, and went back to 1200 mg. My doctor wanted to know how I’d so quickly identified the toxicity, and I said– “besides being a hypochondriac nerd who researches every new symptom, bipolar bloggers write a lot about side effects.” She actually asked me to send her some links.
Here’s a little pop candy thank you to the bipolar bloggers in teh Webz: