The Real Deal Versus Generics in Psychoactive Meds

DeeDee newRecently the FDA announced that Teva’s generic version of Wellbutrin XL (budeprion) was not in fact an equivalent medication, pulling it from the market. This is sort of a landmark thing; all kinds of authorities of various sorts (doctors, pharmacists, regulators, hobos) will insist that generics and brand name medications are the “same.” They are not. They are the same in some respects, but can be meaningfully different in other respects. I’m not going to go into those details at the moment, however, because I’ll go off on a rant and I do have another point to make. Continue reading

A Pictorial History of My Bipolar Meds

DeeDee newMedications are a major part of managing many mental illnesses, but something the general population has a hard time understanding. I’m not even talking about the issues of stigma, accepting “meds for life”, or side effects. I’m just talking about the process of finding the right cocktail to function as normally as possible. It’s hard to grasp without a good example, so here’s the history of my meds over the last two years (keeping in mind that I’ve been on psych meds for over 20 years!) Continue reading

Medication Roulette

RubyOh, two of my least favorite concepts: gambling and medication adjustments.

We’ll start with gambling, because it’s more straightforward.  As much as I spend lots of money on things most people would consider frivolous or disposable (clothes, makeup, pens), I have never believed in the concept of throwing money away.  To me, that’s exactly what gambling is.  I could spend a buck and, against the odds and in my wildest dreams, wind up with hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of dollars because of it. Continue reading