Under no circumstances do you want to stop taking your meds cold turkey. The worst side effect of course would be having a really bad manic episode which may take years to recover from. I say this from personal and professional experience.
THANK YOU!!!! Do you suggest I wean myself off all my meds?
NOOOOO! Just for the record I cant professionally recommend you do anything with your meds, but you want to consult with your doctor before making any changes. Bipolar medications are strong and their consumption and changes need to be closely monitored by a psychiatrist. You dont want to end up in the middle of a manic episode which is a huge risk if you stop taking your meds at all, whether cold turkey or otherwise. It sounds like you need to have some dialogue with your doctor about how well the medication is working adn whether or not some adjustments need to be made. It can take a while to get the right combination so dont get discouraged, There are several combinations that are effective, it is just a matter of finding the one thats right for you. Dont give up, hang in there!
Do a little research on Omega-3 fatty acids. It's all over the net. It is being used as a suppliment for Bi-Polar and further research suggest that it may help eliminate the disorder. It can't hurt to check it out and discuss it with the shrink. I took matters into my own hands and am 2 weeks free of litium, ativan, wellbutrine and lexapro. I had a hell of a headache for 4 to 5 days. Praise fish oil. Off course my shrink did not want me to stop my meds. I have had manic episodes at least once a month for the 11 years that I have taken whatever has been prescribed. NO, I am not telling you to get off your meds but, a little research does not hurt you. I could tell you some hairy stories about my experiances with all the mind altering meds I have been on. Good Luck.