Bipolar, Psych Meds, Rare Side Effects and my Eyes

When you look up the side effects for any psychotropic, say bipolar, (or really any) medication, you will find a list of side effects a mile long, many of which are rare side effects. In fact, even good, old, non-psych med, pain killer ibuprofen has oodles of side effects and drug interactions; people pop those without a thought.

And that’s OK. No one really worries about tinnitus when taking ibuprofen in spite of the fact between 1% - 5% of people may experience it.

And with psych meds it’s the same. You can read through the three million psych med side effects (you really should) listed for every drug but in the end:

  1. You won’t be able to remember them all (duh, not even doctors can)
  2. You won’t worry about them because if you did, there wouldn’t be enough worry time in the day


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