I was prescribed a new drug last Thursday or Friday. Doesn’t matter what or why. I expect certain side-effects and ride them through as transient effects are the norm. I’ve had horrible ones and easy to ignore ones with other meds. I felt tired all weekend and last night at 7pm crawled into bed as I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more. I slept for 14 hours. That’s almost double my norm and well over anything i would imagine I could do. My vision was blurred though now it is okay but I am incredibly tired. Well not tired exactly, drained. And it’s really hard work keeping my eyes open. It really does feel like I have lead weights pulling them shut. I feel fine, I am not ill, I have no other symptoms (apart from the usual tremor which makes typing this slow) but I just want to lie down and let my eyes do what they want.
I work from home, my work can be done any time 24/7 so I can go bed, I can sleep, there is actually no reason I should not. But it’s light, daytime, waking hours and that is what prevents me. I never have been into sleeping in the day (I find it odd when colleagues have a ‘nap’ unless that means something other than eyes closing) so my want to sleep is opposed by my “hey, you spend enough of your life sleeping so why add to that total?” attitude I have had forever.
If I listed the side effects of the 3 meds I now take it would probably surprise you and if all I have is this temporary effect I’m getting away lightly.
Here are the mild effects. What you don’t see are the bad effects for which you are meant to seek attention – there are just as many of those. You will see that one drug lists blurred vision as a side-effect. The drug below notes that visual problems should mean go to the doctor. It all gets very messay when dealing this meds and I speak as a nurse there not just as the patient.
Mild side-effects include slight apathy, sluggishness, drowsiness and lethargy, reduced concentration, muscular weakness, ataxia, troublesome but regular hand tremor, and slight muscle twitch. Moderate symptoms include: apathy, sluggishness, drowsiness, lethargy and sleepiness, speech difficulty, irregular tremor, obvious myoclonic twitchings and muscular weakness and ataxia.
Other adverse: Mild side-effects of intoxication include slight apathy, sluggishness, drowsiness and lethargy, reduced concentration, muscular weakness, ataxia, troublesome but regular hand tremor, and slight muscle twitch. Moderate symptoms include: apathy, sluggishness, drowsiness, lethargy and sleepiness, speech difficulty, irregular tremor, obvious myoclonic twitchings and muscular weakness and ataxia.
Mild: Blurred or double vision; constipation; decreased coordination; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; painful menstrual periods; runny or stuffy nose; stomach upset or pain; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss.
Mild: Nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, muscle/joint pain, fatigue, or yawning.