Posted by Maxime on October 14, 2010, at 22:48:41
In reply to Re: going back to bipolar medications » Phillipa, posted by Maxime on October 13, 2010, at 21:59:26
Well Phillipa, I guess you are the lucky one with re. regard to taking Valium for so many years without of the side effects below.
ALEXANDER LERMAN, M.D.
Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
250 North Bedford Road | Chappaqua Ny 10514
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Risks of Treatment
The principal risks of benzodiazepine treatment include
Sedation these drugs can make you sleepy, particularly if mixed with alcohol or other CNS depressants. Care should be taken driving late at night.
Rebound Anxiety some people experience a rebound return of anxiety symptoms when the medication wears off. This reaction is rare with low doses of medication, and more likely to occur with Xanax (alprazolam) than other drugs.
Cognitive dulling and memory problems while rare at low doses, memory problems and confusion can occur during the use of these drugs. Such problems are particularly common in older people.
Impairment of coordination Benzodiazepines can cause coordination problems similar to those caused by alcohol. Great care should be taken driving and operating other machinery while these drugs have been taken. Elderly people have increased risk of falling
Written by: Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP Emeritus Professor of Psychopharmacology School of Neurosciences, Division of Psychiatry, The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP, England, UK
Depression, emotional blunting
Long-term benzodiazepine users, like alcoholics and barbiturate-dependent patients, are often depressed, and the depression may first appear during prolonged benzodiazepine use. Benzodiazepines may both cause and aggravate depression, possibly by reducing the brain's output of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine (noradrenaline).
Bipolar Type 2, ED-NOS, Self-hatred
Being happy doesn´t mean the pain is gone. you just bury it deeper.