I'm now on good, decaff, coffee with hot milk. I've got a dolce gusto machine which makes the best coffee I've ever had. I used to drink copious quantities of tea, but quetiapine has altered my taste to coffee. I usually drink powerful lattes with vanilla syrup, but I don't think this is the time to do that. I'd just love a pink grapefruit juice, but you can't have grapefruit on quetiapine for some reason. Does something to your liver. Needless to say, it wasn't the surgery that told me, it was a fellow sufferer. I've noticed that the leaflets that come with drugs are getting longer and longer as the pharma companies cover their backs. When are they going to discover a psych drug with minimal side effects and no damage to the brain? When it becomes a sexy topic, which it won't.
I'm feeling quite cynical tonight, mostly about drugs. I've gone off Mr Nitrazepam, but he might get back into favour later. I take massive quantities of Abilify (above the BNF dose), which is a mood stabiliser as well as an antipsychotic. I take a lot of quetiapine, ditto, and I take venlafaxine, an antidepressant. So - two heavy duty antipsychotics, a powerful antidepressant and benzos - and they still don't do the trick. Maybe it's just not possible to be stable all the time and mostly the drugs really help. On the other hand, maybe I've been well all this time and the drugs need only be used when I become unwell. I would love it to be the latter, so I could give up the heavy duty stuff, but the psychiatrist would go bananas. However, it's my right to try, so I shall raise it when I"m better.
I spent 16 years in the RAF defending the Free World , then got bunged out unceremoniously for being bipolar. I and was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD. Funny old world, isn't it?