How long does it take for new meds to start working?
Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:13 AM
Posted 05 January 2011 - 12:00 AM
The paranoia could or could not be the saphris. I believe as I was idly reading the prescriber's information sheet at my PCP appointment today (just restarted it and never read the full sheet) I do sort of remember some mention of paranoia as a reported side effect. But, it's also a side effect of psychosis, which is what I assume you are taking the saphris FOR, so it could just be that the saphris isn't fully up and running yet, and this "pseudo s.e." will go away in a few days.... If you get what I'm saying.
I find risperdal to be the Awesome also. It is certainly possible that if the saphris doesn't suit you, work as well, or whatnot, that you can go back to the risperdal. But be prepared for it to work differently (and possibly less effectively, as well) at a lower dose. And I'd give the saphris some time first.
What s.e. caused you to switch in the first place? And what dose were you on? And did you ever try invega (risperdol metabolite, which rarely, extremely rarely, avoids SOME risperdal s.e.'s, but hardly any).
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Posted 05 January 2011 - 12:59 AM
Whether or not you can switch back to Risperdal depends on the side effects you experienced while on it and the exact nature of the reasons why you switched. With any drug, it's always a balance between how tolerable the side effects are in comparison to the effectiveness of the drug. You'd want something that lessens your symptoms and makes your life better, without unduly impacting on your life.
Anna brought up Invega which might be an option for you if you liked Risperdal, they are fairly similar drugs although dosing on Invega is less flexible [it comes in 3mg increases].
Posted 05 January 2011 - 07:56 PM
It has been a year since one of the best people that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing passed away. He was strong, intelligent, caring, and honest. I had the honor of calling him Daddy. I will miss both my parents for as long as I live. I hope that I can be even half as good of a spouse, parent, and friend as the two of them were. Life is now forever changed for me. It will never be like it was. That doesn't mean it will all be bad, it will just be different.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:20 PM
Usually within a week for most. At least for me.
As always, YMMV.
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:05 AM