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Side effects

It's Sunday night, my wonderful spouse and I are watching the Golden Globe awards and I see a commercial for a bipolar disorder medicine. I will NOT mention the product here, I don't have the time or the money to fight the lawyers and all.
I'm listening absentmindedly (as is often my state on Sunday evenings) but I can't help hearing the side effects. The ad is in fact about 15 seconds long and the side effect another 15 seconds. 
Take a look, taken right from the product's web site: 
Side effects can include:
  • Headaches -- in up to 27 percent of people
  • A sedated feeling -- up to 23 percent
  • Agitation -- up to 19 percent
  • Insomnia -- up to 18 percent 
  • Fatigue -- up to 17 percent
  • Anxiety -- up to 17 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 16 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 15 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 14 percent
  • Restlessness -- up to 12 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 11 percent.
Some other common side effects (occurring in 2 percent to 10 percent of people) included:
  • Dizziness
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Weight gain 
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Throat pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Pain
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion
  • Increased salivation
  • Swelling or water retention in the arms, legs, or feet.
  • Large or rapid weight gain
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Dizziness or fainting when going from a sitting or lying-down position to standing
  • Feelings of internal restlessness or jitteriness
  • Any abnormal muscle movements (these movements can become permanent if xxx is not stopped quickly)
  • A painful erection of the penis that does not go away (priapism) (hang on, what's the problem here???)
  • Unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Unexplained swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Canker sores
  • Gallstones
  • Yeast infections
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Kidney stones
  • Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction  (so we can have a permanent erection (see above) or no erection at all - confusing)
  • An increased or decreased sex drive
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Hair loss
  • Varicose veins.
  • Anemia
  • Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Low thyroid (hypothyroidism) or high thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
And not mentioned on the site but spoken on TV : ".. and death"

Holly shit Batman, I don't suffer from bipolar disorder but I think I'd rather be bipolar than risking the above. 

Comments anyone?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting.... I work with many mentally ill people. While some of them have side effects from their medication, some of them do not. It is all relative.

    Because of the legalities involved, a drug company is obligated to report all side effects, outliers and all.

    I guess it would depend on how ill you are with bipolar disorder. I have seen some people that are monsters and virtual menaces to society (not a joke) unmedicated, and with meds, gentle as a lamb. Some people can be midly manic, others not so. Many people cannot have a normal conversation without the meds.

    Just my opinion. Being bipolar is really awful.