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Dealing with med-induced drowsiness on the job

Posted by malcolm664 on May 29, 2007, at 9:26:19

Since most of us have to work for a living and can't take a nap whenever we need one (regardless of how sleepy we get due to the meds), I'm just wondering how everyone deals with the constant tiredness or sleepiness caused by meds (in my case MAOI's) on their jobs?

I'm sure that everyone here knows the feeling well of being so tired due to meds that if you don't sleep you'll literally drop (or at a minimum, you're job effectiveness is compromised)

Do you tell your boss about the fact that the meds you're on can cause you to get tired? If so, are they accommodating or understanding? Do they allow you to take naps as needed? In many or most cases, there probably isn't a bed available to lie down on.

That's going to a real issue with me as I start an internship at an upscale gym (as a personal trainer) on June 11th.

In my case, working with clients while drowsy is likely to get me fired (or not every hired in the first place), so I'm just wondering how I can approach the issue in advance, so that there are no problems.

Also, just because your boss knows about the drowsiness, doesn't necessarily mean that your co-workers are also aware of it. So if they see or experience you as less than alert, they may complain (it's happened to me).

I realize that it's a difficult issue to deal with and there may not be any easy answers, but I'm curious how everyone here approaches that issue.

I'm on Parnate and as it is, I have to take several hundred milligrams of caffeine tabs (against my docs orders) in order to stay awake. And it seems like no matter how much I take I'm STILL tired. I just took 800 mgs about an hour ago, and I'm ready for another nap.

This is a very real issue, and I'm wondering how everyone here deals with it.





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