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How should I track the side effects of my bipolar medications?

Ruth White, MPH
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Track your bipolar medications and their side effects in a trigger and mood tracker chart or in a journal. Remember to list whatever side effects you experience and put an x on the date you experience that symptom. For greater precision in your recording of side effects, rate the intensity of these effects on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 meaning no experience of that side effect and 10 meaning an intolerable level. If weight gain is a side effect, track it by weighing yourself daily so that you know how much weight you're gaining and at what rate.
Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

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