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What happens if I have side effects from my bipolar medications?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Many medications prescribed for bipolar disorder have some side effects, including constipation, sleepiness, blurred vision, weight gain or loss, dizziness, and problems with libido. While some unwanted side effects of bipolar disorder medications go away within a few days or weeks, other may linger for a long time. If you experience side effects that interfere with the quality of your life, tell your doctor. Do not ever take yourself off any medication for bipolar disorder without consulting a physician. Your doctor may be able to completely resolve the side effects, such as sleeplessness or low libido, by adjusting your dosage, changing the medication, or adding another medication.

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