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ElizabethJane1
09-04-17, 08:47 PM
I've just had an 'mot' from my psychiatrist. I'm good to go on mirtazapine and lithium but for how long ? Next birthday I am fifty six so I'm,well into middle age and approaching old age. Im on medication for the long term,. There is no chance I'll be coming off any of it. My OH has just retired so that might mean the end of his health insurance I'm not sure yet. Probably the end of trips to see Dr J or not if I choose to pay to see him.
I'm fortunate that I haven't needed to see Dr J for several years. I'm in remission from mental illness. I work and have an active social life . Meds in old age ? Lithium till my poor kidneys give up and then what ? More meds no meds ? Does anyone have the answer ??

S deleted
09-04-17, 09:51 PM
EJ, I'm 41 any taking 10 pills per day every day for the foreseeable future. Yeah I struggle to come to terms with the level of medication I have to take and my mental health issues. I can complain all I want but the truth is I need the medication to keep me alive. It's a case of put up and shut up. If you are in a position to pay for private care good for you but other than having the wait for treatment the NHS offers the same service. Unfortunately age and financial circumstances do not chance out medical needs.

Suzi
09-04-17, 10:08 PM
I know how hard it is looking at the amount of meds you take each day - I take 6 in the morning, 3 at 2, 3 at 6 and then 5 at night. That's without changing dosages. I'm 39. I've been on long term meds since I was 12 and I know what happens if I don't take them and I choose to be as mobile as I am and able to do what I can now and so I take the pills.

Unfortunately no one knows what the future holds and for all we know in 5 years time there will be a marvellous cure..... Or not. We have to just keep on trying every day using the tools - meds/counselling/cbt/mindfullness/something else - that we've learnt along the way to make things as good as they can be.

Paula
10-04-17, 12:43 AM
Honestly? I'm another one on many tablets (30 actually) each day. Including lithium. And the chances are very, very slim that I'll ever have it any other way. But I would far rather have a reasonable quality of life on medication than be miserable and ill without them. I've been on lithium since I was 28. I'm now 43 so, if my late night maths is correct, I've already been on lithium a third of my life. It's already destroyed my thyroid but it's 100% worth it, as are all my other meds .....

Jarre
10-04-17, 07:57 AM
I have been on meds for over 15 years for pain and 6 years for MH issues. I wouldn't be able to work, survive or socialise without them.

OldMike
10-04-17, 11:25 AM
I've been on Sertraline for getting on for 25 years and I'm 70 years old and couldn't function without it. Trying to second guess the future doesn't really help you've just got to take it a day at a time (easier said than done).

ElizabethJane1
11-04-17, 08:15 PM
Thanks for all the replies. My main worry is being on meds into old age. If they are still doing what they should be doing then I'm definitely going to continue with then. I think a lot of my aches and pains are attributed to the meds also. My main fears are about being on lithium for twenty plus years. I don't think my husband could live with me in a suicidal depressed state. It's the lithium that is helping me the most but it is the drug that could potentially do the most harm. There are other mood stabilisers and I shouldn't be afraid of them. It would be relatilvely easy to switch the mirtazapine.
I'm also presuming that I won't become ill in the meantime and need more meds.

Suzi
11-04-17, 10:01 PM
Elizabeth, if they are helping then stick with it. It's kept you mostly well for a long time...