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How do I keep side effects of medications for bipolar disorder from affecting me at work?

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Does your medication make you sleepy or jittery at work? It’s not uncommon for people with bipolar disorder to need extra sleep -- 8 to 10 or even up to 12 -- hours a day. Your doctor may be able to change your dosing time or amount to help reduce drowsiness or other side effects at work. Ask about other ways to cope with side effects. For example, taking some medication with food can sometimes lessen nausea or upset stomach.

SOURCES: Kessler, R. , June 2005. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Wellness at Work." Po W. Wang, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford School of Medicine.Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder." WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder and Going to Work."




Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

SOURCES: Kessler, R. , June 2005. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Wellness at Work." Po W. Wang, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford School of Medicine.Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder." WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder and Going to Work."




Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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