i am on epitec and epilum and the side affect is ticks and tremors. it got worse over time where i couldnt hold a coffee cup, eat food with utensils, keep my head straight. sometimes my head would go so stiff i would be able to move it unless i felt i was forcing it. i often ended drinking coffee through a straw.
i couldnt write, which the most frustrating thing for me. it was like being reduced to a 2 year old. i would look at peoples writing and wish i could write like that. something so simple was gone. i used to dread when people would ask me to complete something.
it was pure dread and i tried to avoid myself from getting into these situations.
i also started waking up like i was being electrocuted. it was such a sudden brief shock and i could feel electricity running through my body
i eventually went to my psychiatrist and told him i had humored his medication for years now and to put me on a lower dosage.
i didnt think he would agree but he probably saw that i was going to do my own thing so if he didnt do the changes they would be changes he didnt control.
i think i am lucky. i went off the tranquilizers, that helped a bit with the tremor and am taking a lower dosage. my tremor has stopped unless i get really excited or anxious.
for a while i was wondering if i would have these Parkinson's symptoms for life. i may not have Parkinson's, but there are people out there that probably suffer with the symptoms due to medication and know how debilitating it is. i had only a small dose of Parkinson's symptoms and felt helpless and frustrated then.