I want to make it clear up front that in no way I am encouraging anyone to go off their medications. If they are working for you and you are staying stable as a result, that is great. However, I would be careful about the side effects. Are they worth it? Keep a close eye on out for them. Be educated about what the side effects are and let your doctor know if you recognize any. You both can decide at that time if it is worth taking the medication.
Something that psychiatrists have been doing is prescribing anti-psychotics long term for those with mental illness. They are now finding out that this is not good for the patient. Well, I wish they had figured this out before I was treated that way at a high dose. My hands are now shaking. Some articles that support this are at the end of this blog article.
I have been treated by various medications over 25 years for my bipolar disorder. I, unfortunately, am sensitive to medications and have had serious side effects. I have had pancreatitis, heart problems landing me in icu, and other minor things. The worst was dystonia and Tardive dyskinesia
I was lucky to recover from this as usually it is irreversible. However, my hand shaking can be a sign this is yet to come.
When I realized that the side effects of the medications were starting to become prevalent, I got of the anti-psychotic medication I was taking as soon as I could. However, since the doctor had me on so much of it, it was very difficult to wean myself off it. I was addicted to this medication. Almost everything I read said that it is very difficult to stop taking this medication. Withdrawal from Psychiatric Meds Can Be Painful, Lengthy
I have to ask to what extent should I be taking medications like this? For me, It is not worth taking something that I get addicted to like this and could have caused permanent damage. I think when it comes down to it my former doctor is not responsible. I know he got kicks from the pharmaceutical companies. Meanwhile, it was my life he was playing with. I am glad that I was smart enough to change to a new doctor and was able to successfully get off that medication. Over-Medicated America
So, for me, it is not worth the risk of taking something long term that can result in permanent damage. Dystonia was worse than anything you can imagine. I do not want to ever experience that again.
Antipsychotic Medication for Bipolar Disorder (Note it says short term use)