I have just found out that a medicaton I am on metabolizes in my liver and may be causing me some of the symptoms I am having (staggering, feeling slowed down, sleeping a lot, ect. Basically, my coordination has gotten bad. It also can further damage my liver so I have to get off it. The medicaton is klonipin. It is an anti-seizure medicaton, but is used to treat bipolar too. My psych. doctor talked to me about weaning off it because if the liver is sluggish it stays in my system much longer and can build up, and cause me to be groggy all the time, which I already am. I don't think there is any danger of me overdosing. I take 1mg. at night. I have a tolerance to it, but I want off of it so bad that I refuse to take more. And, I need to take as little as possible from what he told me. I dread the withdrawl. I've done it before and it is horrible. But, it couldn't be any worse than the prednisone. Maybe doing it at the same time will be the best. ?????
My pdoc gave me an example of what it does when the liver is sick. When he was an intern they treated a women in acute psychotic state with high does of tranquilizers. She slept for 3 days. They coudn't wake her up. She had failed to tell them that she had liver disease. It took that long to work out of her system.
Some medcations are very hard on the liver, some are psych. drugs. Please, all of you, have your doctors do liver tests at least once or twice a year while you are on psych. meds. You just need to ask for a complete metobolic panel and a CBC. If the enzymes are even slightly off, get to a specialist. Keep an eye on your sedmentation rate too.
Oh, BYW, I guess I could have said first that I have an autoimmune liver disease. My immune system is attacking my liver and I've been on large doses of prednisone to slow it down. Now I am weaning to a lower dose of the pred. because it has horrible side effects if you take it for a long time. I will be put on another immunosuppressant with it to keep the disease in remission, keep me alive, and without a transplant. God willing I will live a relatively normal life. That is what I am hoping and praying for. The disease is not curable, but treatable. 75% of my liver is damaged. The more I learn, the more I believe that medication has caused this illness.
I am wondering why my GA doc. didn't catch this. Then again, I may not have told him that I was on it. Doctors frown when you are taking a benzodiazipan sp. It worries me that doctors don't give patients enough information when we are diagnoised with chronic illnesses. I should have received hand outs, a diet, foods to avoid, drugs to avoid, ect. It makes me mad.
I'm really upset, depressed, andI am glad to have a place to get it out. Sorry you guys have to catch it, .. thank you, thank you, thank you for listening to my pain.
I am a slight bit hypomanic tonight and in a bit of a panic. I hope I wrote this so that it is it can be understood.
I love all of you.
Blessings and wellnes,
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;it is the sweet fragrance of grace."