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  1. I'm seeing my p-doc this afternoon, and I need to get off some of my drugs. I know what I need for my anxiety, but I want to know... are there any antipsychotics that DON'T cause weight gain? There might be a topic like this but I'm so tired I cannot be bothered to search anymore than I have been. e _e
  2. I just wanted to share one tiny glimmer of sunshine that I found. I am recently diagnosed with bipolar + schizotypal PD and I've started taking Abilify (aripiprozale). It is so confusing trying to learn everything all at once, and especially since schizotypal is either on the schizophrenia spectrum or classified as a PD depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on... Anyway I thought this might be a good place to post this article, from a couple weeks ago. It sounds like scientists are going to figure out how to make antipsychotics NOT make us gain a bunch of weight! I mean, that would be really good news, right? Hopefully this is coming true. If anyone knows anything more about this please post. I realize with how the system works it's going to be years and years but... still. It made me happy and I'm scraping the barrel here, so. :-) Weight Gain Receptor Linked to Antipsychotic Drug
  3. If you are taking either of these medications and are experiencing suicidal feelings, I want you to hold on, and tell yourself it is the medication and not you. Hold on: you have a precious human life - taper gradually off the drugs, and find other ways of dealing with the symptoms for which the medication was prescribed. After my experience with the world of psychiatry, I have this to say: if you can find a way of functioning without antipsychotics, then don't be pressurised into taking those medications. I found in my case that even when I was largely functional, and not suffering too much, there was some zeal on the part of the psychiatric profession in trying to push antipsychotics at me, simply by virtue of the diagnosis. The diagnosis was an episode of psychosis, or with psychotic elements, and therefore antipsychotics were strongly recommended. This was even after I was experiencing these strong suicidal feelings which were so uncharacteristic of me, and which I hadn't been experiencing before taking the drugs. I decided to try an extremely low dose of Abilify - less than the so-called "effective minimum dose", since I found it hard to function on the dose originally prescribed (something which the prescribing psychiatrist didn't really accept.) On this "below minimum" dose of Abilify, I started to experience strong agitation - one of the side-effects. Therefore I doubled my dose of Clonazepam. As a result, I became very tired - my energy levels plummeted, and I found myself having to limit my sporting activity to about a third of previous levels. My walking became relatively slow. I started to develop symptoms associated with schizophrenia which I hadn't had previously: less mobility in my facial expressions, it started to be a struggle to look after myself, to clean my home, to go shopping - though I forced myself through it all. I started to go to bed early because of extreme tiredness, and stopped going out in the evening, and as a result became socially isolated, and felt myself spiral into a depression. Weeks before becoming depressed, I already started to experience suicidal feelings - disembodied: unlinked to depression. My depression was so severe that I found it hard to eat, and rather than gaining weight as is the tendency on this drug, I rapidly lost weight. I found it hard to write fluently - the drug seemed to affect my muscular ability, and lost my articulateness, finding it relatively hard to express myself (and as you can see, this is something I have no trouble doing without the antipsychotics!). I lost my creative ability, and was unable to engage in the activities that made my life meaningful. These also contributed to my spiralling downwards. Deep inside the depression, I lost interest in all the things that had made my life meaningful up to that time. Instead of accepting my view that the suicidal feelings and depression were linked to the drug Abilify, the psychiatrist described it as "the evolution of an illness". Another psychiatrist decided to transfer me instead to the antipsychotic Seroquel, even though it states in the contra-indications that this drug may intensify existing suicidal feelings, and surely enough, it intensified mine. Since (I presume) I was on such a low dose of Abilify, the psychiatrist didn't instruct me to taper Abilify, but simply to stop it, and start Seroquel. I was taking half a tablet with the minimum dosage. Since I didn't like feeling suicidal, and I guess I didn't want to end up going that way, I decided I wanted to discontinue the antipsychotic medication. I was told that I could simply stop taking the medication: I suppose it wasn't felt necessary to advise me to taper the medication as it was below the minimum effective dose as recognized by the psychiatrists. (As a result of my experience, I would advise anyone to taper when coming off an antipsychotic - however small the dose. If, like me, you are taking half a tablet a day, you could then take it every other day for a while, and then every third day, etc.) I started to experience almost total insomnia which lasted about 6 weeks. At every stage, it was not acknowledged by psychiatrists that the manifestations I was experiencing were caused by medication, or withdrawal from it. Thus, the insomnia was attributed to my depression, rather than to withdrawal from the medication. It was on the internet that I was able to learn that chronic insomnia is a withdrawal effect from Abilify and Seroquel, and since I had only taken Seroquel for a few days while still having Abilify in my system, I must have been withdrawing from both. I was prescribed the highest dose of the sleeping medication Zopiclone (Zimovane) intensified by an extra Clonazepam tablet at night; this provided me with about two hours of sleep a night. While affected by this insomnia, I was still experiencing suicidal feelings, and would be lying awake almost the whole night thinking of the pros and cons of various ways of killing myself. After about 5 or 6 weeks, with the antipsychotics out of my system, the insomnia ended, and by this time, I had started taking an antidepressant, and my suicidal feelings subsided. By now I have come off all medication - including the antidepressant: Citalopram, since it was affecting my memory. If I feel the need, I take the very occasional half a tablet of Clonazepam. I firmly believe, following my experience, that a proportion of psychiatric patients are being misdiagnosed based on the manifestations of the side effects of antipsychotic medication, and the expression of beliefs which have nothing to do with brain chemistry. I further believe that for all the lives that may be saved as a result of the administration of antipsychotics, there is a significant proportion of patients who commit suicide not because of their illness, but because of the side effects of medication which they may be unnecessarily or inappropriately prescribed. These numbers then get lumped together with the numbers who commit suicide as a result of their illness, and is used as further evidence that suicidal action or attempts are symptoms of psychotic illnesses. If you are feeling suicidal, you will not believe that your life is precious. But hold on - because it is.
  4. My doc does not think I am bipolar. My last appointment he tried to add on pristiq which I said no to since I had a horrible reaction to trying effexor (debilitating panic attacks and anxiety). I did tell him this but he suggested Pristiq. Bad stuff keeps coming back now. Anger, rage, fleeting violent thoughts, passive suicidal ideation. It is sort of like how things were prior to being on any meds. I am on 45 mg Mirtazipine Sol-tab. Lorazepam 1mg prn. Waiting until end of June to see my pdoc again. May see him sooner if things don't improve.
  5. I have chronic tic disorder and am curious about pharmacological help. I have a few simple and complex motor tics that aren't exactly debilitating, but they are annoying and affect me at work. I work with kids and get asked "why do you do that weird thing with your eyes?" and stuff like that. Sleep deprivation tends to make the tics a lot worse. I'm on seroquel and it has been helping me sleep much better, so I've noticed a reduction, but they're still around. I've read that abilify has shown promising results in at least one study for helping tic disorder. I didn't see a subforum for tic disorders, so I figured I'd just post it here since BP is still my primary diagnosis and adding another AAP would likely impact my mood as well. If anyone has any experience with anything like this, I'd love to hear about it.
  6. I have a weird symptom that i was wondering if anyone has experienced as well. Anytime I'm on a combination of Geodon and Zoloft, which otherwise has been working well for me, I do these weird things with my hands. My right hand is positioned as if I'm holding a pencil, and I trace shapes repeatedly and quickly. Sometimes it's a triangle, sometimes a square or others... I can stop it when I'm conscious of it, but as soon as I'm not paying attention to it, my hand starts going again. I've tried sitting on my hand and it doesn't help. Then there's my left hand... I hold it as if I'm pill rolling, but without the rolling motion. Over time my grip gets tighter and tighter and it leaves nail marks in my palm. My pdoc has never seen anything like it. He talked to some neurologists and they don't know either. He eventually just said that it's a side effect of being bipolar. I think that's BS because it seems directly related to my meds. I've been on Geodon and Zoloft separately and it didn't happen. But when they are combined, it comes back. I just requested benztropine(Cogentin) because it seems like eps to me (and benztropine helped when I had eps from Risperdal). I'm hoping it helps but either way, I'd like to know if anyone has experienced anything like this. Diagnosis: bipolar 1, adhd, eating disorder, anxiety, etc... Meds: Geodon, Zoloft, Tegretol, Ativan, Cogentin(new)
  7. Hello. Around a week ago my Seroquel dose got increased from 150mg a day to 300mg a day. I take it for bipolar I and autism spectrum disorder. I take 150mg early in the morning, before school and the other half before going to sleep. I'm feeling extremely tired and drowsy. I find it hard to concentrate which is an issue because I have a very demanding academic life that requires me to be awake and cognitively at my peak. Since it manages my psychosis and makes me able to tolerate life I am reluctant to stop taking it. I have taken risperidone and amisulpride before but they make me extremely irritable/ don't quite stop the psychosis. In addition to Seroquel I take 20mg of escitalopram (lexapro generic). My question is, will the tiredness go away? Or do I ask for a change?
  8. Hello. Around a week ago my Seroquel dose got increased from 150mg a day to 300mg a day. I take it for bipolar I and autism spectrum disorder. I take 150mg early in the morning, before school and the other half before going to sleep. I'm feeling extremely tired and drowsy. I find it hard to concentrate which is an issue because I have a very demanding academic life that requires me to be awake and cognitively at my peak. Since it manages my psychosis and makes me able to tolerate life I am reluctant to stop taking it. I have taken risperidone and amisulpride before but they make me extremely irritable/ don't quite stop the psychosis. In addition to Seroquel I take 20mg of escitalopram (lexapro generic). My question is, will the tiredness go away? Or do I ask for a change?
  9. Well, I started my first dose of Rexulti tonight. 0.5 mg. I'm adding it on for depression, which is proving to be rather medication resistant, and I'm a previous Abilify user. I took 2mg Abilify from about October 2015 to May 2016. Stopped it because of severe restlessness and an overall feeling of "not myself", which laughably enough I still feel. I also was emotionally deadened, which I thought was a negative until I've been off it and sobbing all day, begging the sky to die, having mood swings, anger outbursts, you know. I've decided to give antipsychotics another go because maybe emotionally deadened is a good thing! I gained no weight on Abilify, and in fact have gained after quitting. Taking the Rexulti along with my 20mg Trintellix and 150mg Lamictal. What experience does anyone have with this new drug?
  10. Hello everyone, does anybody else have fears of tardive dyskinesia? What doctors say? Some online research says up to 5% risk per year, and worst it persist even when therpy is stopped. It didn't much bother me when i was on quetiapine alone,but now i've depot injections of typical AP. What are your opinions?
  11. Hello, I have been taking escitilapram and resperidone for 3 years up until this june. How long does it take for the meds to get out of your system after you stopped taking them?
  12. i have schizoaffective disorder and i rarely hallucinate but i have in previous psychotic episodes. I believe my thoughts control everything around me. And that everything around me is controlling me.. i also believe my ex boyfriend can read my mind and that some other people can too at certain times. I can barely process anything i can hear a sentence and in my mind its just like ...blank. I have extreme paranoia about the police and government being after me, no antpsychotics are helping me. ive been on geodon, risperdal, abilify, latuda, loxapine, rexulti, seroquel and saphris (in the course of 2 years). right now im on vraylar. I was on some for just a short period of time because of side effects and what not. some of them i tried for months but my thinking still feels all messed up. i think im cursed and a demon is my head is haunting me. he makes bad things happen to me but maybe he is showing me the world.
  13. Hey, a little backstory. I've been experiencing psychotic symptoms of varying degrees for the past year or so. I was hospitalized in June, and they started me on Abilify which didn't work and was awful, so they switched me to Zyprexa which I dropped because of the side effects despite being effective. The psychiatrist put me on Latuda 60mg instead, telling me to just stop Zyprexa without any taper. My question is how long roughly should it be for the Latuda to start working, and how long after going off of Zyprexa might my symptoms start to reappear? All replies are much appreciated.
  14. This question has been bugging me for quite a while but I'm not sure if anybody knows the answer. One of the treatments of bipolar depression is OFC (olanzapine-fluoxetine combination). I'm wondering why fluoxetine is often not recommended in the treatment of bipolar depression, even when used with a mood stabilizer and it is OK to used as part of OFC? And why can other antipsychotics not be used in combination with fluoxetine? What is so important or special about olanzapine that it is the only antipsychotic indicated, alongside fluoxetine, for the treatment of bipolar depression. Why can't ability, risperdal, geodon, seroquel etc be used. For example AFC ( aripiprazole-fluoxetine combination ). I take seroquel and fluoxetine and this sorted my depression Any thoughts??
  15. Hello, I'm 25 and was hospitalized in September 2014 for manic episodes. The doctors put me on 3mg of risperidone (risperdal) and 750mg of depakote daily. After 9 months of taking the medication I really started to see a decline in sexual drive and performance; my libido was essentially taken away. The risperidone/depakote pretty much kills orgasm and gives me erectile issues... I can't maintain an erection. It's like getting your manhood stripped. I feel helpless, I'm at wits end, and I don't know what to do. I talked to my psychiatrist about my erectile dysfunction issues and he decided to lower the risperidone to 1mg and leave the depakote the same. So I've been on 1mg of risperidone for the past month but lowering the medication didn't really do anything. How am I still having this erectile dysfunction problem if I'm only on 1mg of risperidone and 750mg of depakote daily? The bigger question is how am I going to be able to solve this problem that's making me question whether I want to live anymore. My penis was my biggest asset, no pun intended. But now if I don't have that, I feel useless and like nothing, worthless. It's like I'm half a man because I'm only 25 and am already having erectile dysfunction. I don't want to have to start taking any more pills to solve this problem! No viagra, wellbutrin, or any other pill. I ultimately want to get off this medication so I can live my life normally without dependence on any pharmaceutical drug. I'm tired of being a chemical prisoner and just want to live the rest of my 20s like a man should, with a lot of sex. What should I do?
  16. Usually I am very resistant to any medication that causes sedation. For example, for trazodone to make me sleepy, it takes 300-400 mg to knock me out. But even when I was on 40 mg of Latuda it was too sedation and now I'm on 80. I sleep way too much and it didn't start until I took the Latuda. What other AAP should I try? I want to try Risperdal but I am terrified of getting hyperprolactinemia because I am a male and already overweight. I see my pdoc in like an hour. Any suggestions?
  17. I was able to discontinue Latuda a month ago thanks to TMS treatments. This was a huge relief because I had gained weight on it (and on Abilify previously, which also raised my cholesterol.) For any of you who gained weight on an antipsychotic and then went off it, were you able to lose the weight? I was hoping I would have at least lost a pound or two by now but no such luck. I really hope these drugs haven't permanently slowed my metabolism. I'm a total health nut and I still was one when I was on the medication (they didn't make me eat more.) Obviously it takes time to lose weight but I'm a little concerned that I haven't lost so much as an ounce.
  18. I used to be very happy and funny guy who loved dancing and enjoyed going out with friends until one night I got drunk and someone put drugs in my drinks.I still dont know what that drug was but I felt like my legs were burning and I became very agressive and delusional.I got locked up for trying to brake into a house and send into a mental hospital. I was forced to take zyprexa for 3 months. Since then I lost all feelings and emotions. For all I mean: fear, love, hate, envy,everithing.I've Lost all my friends. No desire to live, I feel like an empty shell. Complete lack of creativity, lack of social skills Lack of empathy, lack of motivation and a sense of accomplishment. 5 months ago I stopped taking zyprexa but I have no improvement and Im beginning to think that my brain is permanently damaged by these drugs. Is there any hope that my brain will recover?
  19. Hi! I am writing on behalf of my son, who is 7 years old. He is currently on Depkoate (500mg) and Seroquel (400mg), along with some other stuff (Tenex, Clondine, supplements). His diagnoses are ever-evolving and changes with each hospitalization, I think. He was placed on the Seroquel during a hospitalization, after having tried Risperdal for 9 months, but continuing to have periodic hallucinations, extremely high anxiety, and high levels of fear, plus akathisia. He reacts very poorly to SSRIs. The Seroquel was magic for him -- his anxiety decreased, he was able to start learning again, and there is even talk about him moving back into public school in a self-contained class with some inclusion. However, a couple of weeks ago, he started becoming extremely anxious & fearful again. He was afraid to walk around the house without looking behind all the doors, not being able to be in a room without an adult, locking doors behind him to keep things from getting him, telling a peer that monsters were at his house, etc. We also believe he has been hallucinating again for many reasons, though it can be tricky as he does have a mild to moderate speech-language impairment which can get worse during these times. Anyways, long story short, we have been giving him his Zyprexa PRN (5mg) daily for one week, and we are definitely beginning to see some improvements. We see his psychiatrist this week. I'm not sure whether to advocate for an increase to his Seroquel, continue to take the Seroquel plus the Zyprexa dose, or whether we should just switch to Zyprexa. I know adult experiences are different from child, but I would love to hear if anyone else has had to switch from Seroquel to Zyprexa, and how that went. We work really, really hard to keep him from being hospitalized whenever possible because we have had not great experiences in the past, but I find that I have to be really well-informed in order to do that.
  20. Doctor: "Which of these two are better; a bird in the hand or two in the bush?" Apparently I answered wrong. They forcefed me a little green pill. On way back home, I fought something. I was twisting and gnashing and stiffening. Oh my God, the stiffening. This pill I took for Two weeks. I was 18 years old. 6 years later: Doctor: "You think you are Jehovah?" I tried not to laugh, but the way she asked, heh, Dr. ringj won the insanity test. She did it with her shoe. lol I then exploded snot as I barked out a guffah of hilarity ridden laughter. This kind of inappropriate laughter can land you in a 6 month lockdown mental facility. Not me. I landed in a "board and care" home for 5 1/2 years. I slowly learned how to act around others the way they want me to act. Up until age 37, I still slept 16 hours a day, behaved in a manner that was enough. Enough. Im smart, so I took the reigns and figured out the right pharmacalogical solution according to me. I easily, and difficultly, manipulated every stupid doctor, caseworker, and all the rest of them until life was, and now is, fun and quiet.
  21. Yesterday I left my Abilify, Zoloft, and Melatonin at home on accident. I won't be back til Monday. Any ideas of what I'm in for? (I'll post with how I'm doing as it goes along)
  22. so since taking invega sustenna I cannot experience any pleasure from orgasms.. no more intense feeling nothing anyone else experiencing this and will all antipsychotics cause this? would like to hear your story and what meds you take or have taken
  23. Does anyone know how much sexual dysfunction is attributed to prolactin instead of how/what receptor the med blocks if that makes any sense? and anyone out there that already had sexual problems while taking antipsychotics recover after switching to a new med like abilify? I take 75mg invega sustenna for psychosis and it has totally obliterated my sex drive and gave me sexual dysfunction...
  24. Hello, everyone. My official diagnosis is Schizophrenia-Paranoid Type. I have been on soooo many different antipsychotics, and most of them have worked for my symptoms but made me sleep so much to the point of being completely dysfunctional. I just started taking Abilify a month ago. I took 10mg for three weeks, and since my symptoms (mainly the voices) returned and persisted, my psychiatrist increased my dose to 15mg. It has now been a week and a half at 15mg, and I am still hearing voices. My thinking is okay most of the time, but hearing the voices 24/7 is exhausting. Does anyone have experience with Abilify? How long did it take to fully work? What dose worked for you? Did it make voices go away? Any experiences you want to share would help me greatly. Thanks! -Dragonfly