Welcome to the healingwell Bipolar Forum. I was diagnosed with bipolar 4 years ago. I remember feeling the same way you did. All the new meds had me feeling really discombobulated. I too thought that maybe if I stopped all the meds, things would go back to normal for me. I was WRONG! It only made matters worse for me in the long run and I almost landed right back into the hospital.
Now after trial and error of playing with my meds on my own I know better. Leave the medication adjustments to our pdoc! If you're feeling drunk and stupid, you need to tell this to your pdoc. He/she can adjust your meds properly.
Be open and honest with your pdoc about exactly how the meds make you feel. This is part of the process of your relationship with your pdoc. He/she will be adjusting the dosage/trying new meds to find the one that best suits YOU.
I hope you take my advise to heart, from someone who has learned the hard way.
Wishing you wellness.
Bipolar IIIt is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare
I got really tired from bp meds too. The side effects were all too much for me, so I went off all my meds too--first talking with my pdoc before I did so. I really felt great for awhile, but then the symptoms came back and then my episodes were more severe and longer. Eventually I had to do something. I remembered Lamictal was the only one that didn't make me feel like a zombie, so that's what I'm taking now. I would probably benefit from another stabilizer to add with that mix, but I am trying to make things manageable with just the Lamictal.
My advice to you is 1) Tell your doc everything 2) If your doc supports you trying to not be on the meds, make sure you are seeking counselling or cognitive therapy to help you cope with your symptoms.
Hope you feel better soon, and welcome to HW.