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Weird, funny, not so horrible side effects

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OK, so, we all know some of these meds we take to better our lives can cause some totally crappy side effects... BUT - over the years, I've had some side effects that weren't so terrible - sometimes funny, sometimes weird. Thought it might be a fun thread to share some of those, if I'm correct in my assumption that I'm not the only one who has had some side effects that weren't so much on the horrible side. I've only ever experienced AD side effects - but hey, all flavors welcome:)

Elavil - Every time I yawned, I would almost orgasm. That was a funny one. Certain strenuous activities would have the same result (think *climbing the rope in gym class* sort of effect!) A couple years later I read a report about them discovering that it basically put some people on the edge of orgasm. (apparently, not what they originally meant by sexual side effects!) It also made me crave fruit - but only things like grapes & plums for some reason.

Celexa - Made me a morning person. That was a great side effect - as I've never been a morning person & always wished I was one. I know it was a side effect because one day, it stopped working & the morning person disappeared as quickly as it had appeared & no other AD has ever done that to me. When it was working though, that was great. I never ever hit snooze (and I'm a 5x plus snooze hitter), popped out of bed ready to face the day... even did the occasional load of laundry or dishes before heading to work. I miss that one!

I know I have a few more - but I can't think of them atm - whatchya'all got?

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Celexa made me crave whole wheat bread. I was eating it by the bag.

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Tryp - ha - bet you can make some mean toast!

Celexa also made me feel like I was on mushrooms on & off for a few days in the beginning - which was fun / funny while it lasted, but I was glad when it stopped (I think it was actually waves of anxiety, but it felt really similar based on experiences I had when I was Y&S - young n stupid!)

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Either Pristiq or Effexor made it so that it sometimes took me 15 minutes to get any piss to come out. It was rather annoying.

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oh yeah, the pee thing. i have that every time i go up on my effexor. i asked my pdoc about it and he explained that the norepinephrine part of the drug has that effect on the bladder sphincter. totally annoying.

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Invega made me lactate.

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Man I wish my meds gave me funny side effects. I've gotten tense muscles, sick-as-a-dog, rashes, blotting, gas, amenorrhea, grinding teeth, hallucinations, insomnia, hypersomnia, twitches, tremors, fainting, anorexia, the munchies, high blood pressure, low blood pressure and OMG the weight I have put on. I've had a lot of things where I've thought hmm, that's new. But none where I've thought that's funny.

I'm currently enjoying the brain zaps. Not funny and I would give my left pinky toe to whoever can come up with a way to get rid of them.

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Invega made me lactate.

Risperidone made me lactate, too. I was so horrified that I failed to see the humor in it. It's gross, breasts aren't supposed to do that.

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Yeah - I've had some shitty ones too - they can definately make you lose sight of, or maybe not even see the less sucky ones. Who knows what kind of funny stuff I wasn't noticing when I was so tense I probably shouldn't have been driving b/c I couldn't turn around to see if it was clear to merge... I don't even remember which one did that.

Wellbutrin made me wake up every hour - every night. Literally every 60 minutes on the dot my eyes would just pop wide open out of a dead sleep. That was a weird one. Wellbutrin didn't stick around long...

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Insomnia that lead to 48 hours of microsleeping while visiting my folks. I talked right through the dream states as well as being awake, having no clue that I was even sleeping at all. Except that I was having 30 second dream conversations out loud every five minutes... I was mortified that my entire subconscious had been laid bare for my parents to hear and I couldn't stop.

Four years later, it's funny to me. It was rather embarassing at the time, though!

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The AD I used to be on a few years ago made me hallucinate?? Pretty horrible, very scary. Hated that. The self harm and anxiety that followed. But on the good side I moved away from my parents in the middle of all this. That was something good to come out of a bad situation.

But I have a couple of ok side effects from my Seroquel. I can sleep. That's good seeing as sleep deprivation can make me ill. Also the antihistamine effect I love this. Plus I feel that my emotions are back to normal and can feel how I am meant to feel rather than feeling nothing other than constant flatness. Though I hate that my world is falling apart around me and I can't currently hang on to anything. Why can't coming out of my delusions feel good?!

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It's gross, breasts aren't supposed to do that.

Um... Maybe nobody has told you, but that's actually what breasts are for. Either that, or all those years I spent nursing babies was some kind of freakish thing... ;) (And you know, women and men can begin lactating just from having their nipples/breasts stimulated enough-- it happens more often than people talk about, and really isn't gross.)

I can't remember if it was Abilify or Cymbalta, but I had the most intense carb cravings while on it. I worked at a bakery and would bring home all of the leftover cookies and baked goods in a paper bag. In the middle of the night, I would wake up feeling like I would DIE if I didn't eat all of it, cram it in my mouth as fast as possible, then go back to sleep. If I didn't keep the bag next to my bed, I would have to go get it, which woke me up way more than eating a few muffins and half a dozen cookies. At the time, it was such a terrible feeling of desperation, I didn't think it was that funny, but now I do. Considering some of my side effects, cookie eating is a pretty good one.

Ambien has often made me do stuff in my "sleep," like draw weird pictures, talk about strange things, or type baffling messages to people, like this:

k,mx um

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:52 PM I took amsbie and cant sleep becaise i keep thinking of things i have to do and then i thougt i shouls write you a message e= ebecause im sorry you feel rotten and i widh i could magic it away maybe i should join a v=c0coven to learn how to help yopu.i might have to dance namked aiwth fat adies and then the devil will sproing me with his forked sproing. then we will have a devil babu and i dont want adevil baby. i wabt obtsller

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love

The gist of that is that I was sorry my partner wasn't feeling well, and that maybe I should join a coven of witches to learn magic to help him. However, then I would be dancing naked and get raped by the devil and end up with a devil baby. But I didn't want a devil baby, I wanted lobster. Or oatmeal.

Yah, Ambien doesn't help me get much rest, even if I think I am sleeping.

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At 15mg, Remeron literally made me feel like I was stoned. Eating everything in sight and all. It only lasted the first few doses, but I thought that was weird.

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At 15mg, Remeron literally made me feel like I was stoned.

Same thing for me with gabapentin. For about a week after I started taking it, I just felt stoned and mellow. Not hungry, though. With each increase, for awhile, I had the same effect. Now it doesn't do that, and it's a shame, because it's my only way to get that feeling without smoking weed.

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I felt stoned on the whole two weeks I was on Remeron. Kind of like smoking pot without the paranoia. It wasn't terribly unpleasant, but it made driving difficult. And probably stupid.

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Clonazepam is a potent anxiolytic. I got the hypersalivation side effect very strongly and would drool on myself and not care. To this day my saliva glands are larger than they were before I trialled the drug. Before I took clonazepam I could not gleek (http://en.wikipedia....itting#Gleeking) and now it happens regularly by accident.

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When I went up to 200mg lamotrigine, I started having word issues. I'd try to type a word and it's homophone would come out. Or the worst one, I was trying to type "house" and it came out "sound" - three times in a row. At the time, I was helping a friend with a psychology paper and we just cracked up proofing my parts, because of all the errors. Thankfully that has worn off (or else I'm still doing it and not noticing....)

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When I was on ziprasidone, for some reason I developed an aversion to chicken. I couldn't eat chicken, it was like I could suddenly taste something terrible in the meat and I was completely turned off. I was really disappointed because before I started the drug, chicken was one of my favourite meats. Now that I'm off the drug, I can eat chicken again :)

It definitely wasn't a side effect that was noted in the PI sheet!

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When I went up to 200mg lamotrigine, I started having word issues.

Me too! Homophones, transposing written letters, not being able to read at times because the letters would jitterbug. Verbally, it was just as bad-- saying the wrong word for something and not noticing at all until I realized the person I would be talking to would be looking at me funny. I still do that, actually, so I don't know if it was triggered by the lamotrogine or just intensified. It may not seem like a terrible side effect, but in addition to the fact that it wasn't working, I had a terrible tremor, and other stuff I can't remember, it just didn't make sense to stay on it.

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My recent Lexapro increase made me feel like my senses were split apart for a few days. That was pretty weird. Like if I tried to use too many senses at once, they would overload. It wore off & my senses are back to cooperating with each other again, so now I can laugh about it. :)

Something strange I've noticed about most ADs I've taken (the effective ones anyway) is that in a sense, I can feel them yanking me back up/ through every level I spiralled down through. Seems it takes me a long time to get that far down, so I don't notice it in the same way because it's spread out over more time. But the AD seems to drag me up faster than I go down - so I'm more aware of it. Ugh, that's a hard one to describe - I wish I was super artsy, because a visual would explain it better I think! But it feels a bit psychdelic to me (or, if I could paint it, it may look a bit psychadelic!) For me, this is a side effect that sort of helps me deal with all other side effects (the temporary ones anyway) because I can view them as just another level I have to pass through on my way back up.

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when I was on Depakote the first time, before they had a time release version, I had an aversion to shellfish. I love shellfish. People know that, and kept trying to feed it to me. But that side effect didn't happen when I went onto the extended release version.

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The food ones are pretty interesting (as long as they aren't tipping over into massive weight gain or loss that is). Maybe because we go along liking or not liking things for so long, we start to think of our taste buds / way we taste things as static - but they really aren't! Wonder what it is that creates these changes (which can also happen naturally if you think about it - there are foods I used to detest as a kid, that my adult taste buds like!)

I was so hoping I would get the 'morning person' side effect with lexapro like I did with celexa, since they're similar - but alas, no such luck:(

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Risperdal made me lactate really badly, I was hospitalized at the time, and I was so embarrassed! I told a nurse who told my pdoc.

Haldol makes my vision blurry. I'm near sighted and wear glasses occasionally for driving and school, but Haldol killed my close up vision, so I stopped taking it. Oh, and trouble peeing.. UGGGH. (Plus I have the lithium making me have to pee every 10 min!)

Zoloft made me obsessed with actually breaking my wrist. (I realized it was the Zoloft and got the hell off it before I acted on it!)

Lamictal made me break out in a rash (SJ syndrome) that a doctor misdiagnosed and said it was Wellbutrin. I yelled at him, as my Lamictal had been upped the night before! (My pdoc got called in and straightened it out! I was also inpatient at the time)

Remeron made me have really restless legs.. I would kick and twitch while sleeping. I'd also wake up my roommates by yelling stuff when I was asleep.

Funny story.

I couldn't sleep when I was inpatient one night, my pdoc (now retired for 6 years) at the time came in and ordered 15mg of Nozinan. The nurses heard "50mg", didn't check the orders. So they gave me 50mg, liquid, and I was unable to stand up the next day. My mom and brother came to visit and I kept falling asleep (this is about 16 hours after getting it!) and my mom was yelling at the nurses who admitted they accidentally gave me an OD of Nozinan. It took a couple days to get out of my system.

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Clonazepam is a potent anxiolytic. I got the hypersalivation side effect very strongly and would drool on myself and not care. To this day my saliva glands are larger than they were before I trialled the drug. Before I took clonazepam I could not gleek (http://en.wikipedia....itting#Gleeking) and now it happens regularly by accident.

I am fine on that med, although I usually take very small doses only a few times a month. However Lithium is making me super drooly!

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The weirdest one was the Lamictal. I shocked everything I touched. People would see the sparks come out of my hands. I also broke out in a rash from that drug. Then on Invega I got a tumor (it was mild and non cancerous and went away after I got off) and also lactated. On Risperdal same thing with my boobs. Also on Invega and Risperdal, I missed several periods. It made me think I was pregnant even though I don't ever have sex. Trileptal in the beginning I had slurred speech. I sounded drunk. Luckily I don't get that side effect any more. Abilify gave me seizures. Seroquel knocked me out the entire day and that was on a low dose. Loxapine the one I am on now, causes extreme tiredness if I take it in the morning and it helps me sleep at night. Lithium made my hair fall out.

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