Med Side Affects have ruined me
I have recently been taken off the med Risperidone due many side affects. Many of these side affects were never told to me and not listed anywhere. I complained to my psychiatrist only to be met with deaf ears. Finally my general practitioner made the connection. But only after months of me going downhill. I felt so defeated and unheard! I had severe cramping mostly in my hands and feet and a burning sensation in my palms and the soles of my feet. But the cramping was also in my legs, arms, and back. I had trouble with being able to use the bathroom ( pardon me for being so personal ), but want to tell the truth. I have trouble eating and have lost a lot of weight. I now weigh 112 lbs and am 5' 7 ". My hands are sore all the time and I never sleep more than four hours. What was really hurtful is I was always treated as if I was exaggerating my problems or maybe they were just in my head. After all bipolar people don't seem to have the same respect as everyone else. At least in my experience and others I know who have bipolar too. The dr put me on anther med, but on 1/2 of a children's dose for fear of side affects, but as effective for my bipolar symptoms as a baby aspirin. I think the warning about side effect given by most pharmacies is pathetically.incomplete so therefore giving patients a the inability to put two and two together when they are experiencing side affects and don't realize it. The big thing that tipped me off if when I began lactating! WHAT! Then I knew for sure something was most definitely wrong! Then I was told by my psychiatrist all these symptoms were temporary and would all go away within a week or so. Almost a month later the majority still remain. Then I found out they could be long term or even permanent! The quality of my life is greatly diminished as a result. I don't know what my future holds at this point. A word of warning...please research side affects before taking anything and at the first sing of anything amiss, take steps immediately. This applies to any psychiatric med. My hope here is to prevent anyone else from going through what I have or hearng about anyone else who is or have gone through this same thing and how you are coping.