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I'm on Brintellix 20my and abilify10mg I've been trying to lose weight for over 7mths now. I go to the gym 4days a weeks, tried low carb diet, and currently just counting calories AGAIN. I want to lose about 20-25lbs but I just jump around the same 7lbs. I've been tested for thyroid issues and all was good.
I'm getting so very frustrated. All this work and no results. Anyone out there been where I am? Did you figure out how to break the weight loss stall?
I used to be Ativan for my spikes in anxiety, paranoid actions/thoughts, and well generally to calm whatever was going on during an episode. It worked like a charm. Now my doctor has pulled his willingness to prescribe it to me again. I am also a recovering drug addict, so I understand why he has done this. However, now I have no means, except my coping toolbox, to combat the acute symptoms that drive me to unhealthy behaviors. My other meds include: Abilify and Prazosin.
So, my question is this; Is there another med that others are taking for Schizoaffective that works like Ativan that I can request information from my doc?
I am on lithium 1125mg/day & Abilify 7.5mg-15mg (with doc's approval that it varies between that amount) for bipolar. I am wanting to get off Abilify because it has been causing me mild resting head tremors, unpleasant and intolerable. However whenever I come down too low I predictably experience despondent mood and feel paralysed due to low mood. I've been down to 7.5mg for last five weeks and this has successfully flushed most of it out of my system and reduced side effects to tolerable levels however I decided to increase to 15mg last night due to the return of acute depressive symptoms. This made tremor return by today.
My psych is not forthcoming with any other options, I have lobbied for alternatives (there must be some!) for the past year.... nothing just "stick to your meds regime".
I need to substitute Abilify with something which won't cause shaking and I'm thinking about Seroquel (because I've been on it before) although hesitant due to weight gain. Still... rather be eating more and than have tremors if I had to chose :/.
Are these (Abilify and quetiapine) in the same class of anti-psychotics? It is feasible seroquel/quetiapine could have the similar beneficial impacts on my depression? What about off label anti-convulsants like Lyrica? I've tried Lamictal before but it made me "too happy" and I ended up in hospital so wondering if other anti-convulsants would be risky. Any suggestions?
I'm seeing the doctor in August (earliest appointment). As the shaking is coming back I will stick to the lowest dose he prescribed (7.5mg) to avoid tremors and supplement it with 25mg seroquel (which I still have a supply of from when it used to be a PRN so it is prescribed) hoping my mood will improve. I can't wait for pdoc to see me to begin to try this combo as he's away for three weeks, first appointment I could make with him is scheduled for beginning August... and another doc I want to see for a second opinion is apparently booked up for two months... my GP could be a third option for a sooner consult. To be clear this has been an ongoing issue which has been ignored by doctors as it is not noticeable to them however is clearly noticeable to me and those close to me... things have come to a head because it is getting harder to control by reducing the Abilify.
Abilify too high = tremors (intolerable side effects)
Abilify too low = depression (need something to supplement lithium)
I suffer from bipolar I. I have had a series of hospitalisations for mania, mixed moods, psychosis over past 11-5 years with no hospitalisations in the last 4.5 years, I have experienced an "episode" (pronounced drop or elevation in mood symptoms) maybe about once every six months over the past 5 years.
Thanks for any help, it helps just to talk about this stuff and know some people are listening who have experienced similar things.
My psychiatrist has prescribed a low dose of Abilify 2-3 mg, unfortunately Abilify's lowest available dose in pill form is 5mg so i have to use a pill cutter which is frustrating!!! My psychiatrist did prescribe the oral solution, however my GP refused to give me a script for the oral solution because the price was slightly higher, but I will see my GP again about this and persuade him to switch me to the oral solution. In the meantime I am using a pill cutter so I am taking 2.5mg.
I have had a blood test today BEFORE starting Abilify and I will have the same blood test again in 2 weeks time to see if there are any changes, particularly looking at blood glucose and cholesterol levels
I will measure my blood pressure and compare it to before starting Abilify
I will weigh myself daily to see if there is a weight increase and I will notify you of any changes in appetite
I will be updating this thread
I can't give you an accurate description. Feeling more energetic, awake and upbeat but this is probably placebo effect and there is mediating factors (I received good news a few days ago)
quiet nauseous, feeling slightly hot, for example feel hot but if someone else touched my head or cheeks they wouldn't feel it? so it's like inner heat? Reminding you I'm also on Vyvanse and Cymbalta. Hasn't really made me agitated or pace around or motivated. I haven't weighed myself. I will weigh myself in a week's time.
I did weigh myself today (I was curious and got a little carried away) and I actually didn't gain any weight. I haven't taken my Abilify pill yet because I'm going to try taking it at night time to see if it helps me sleep.
Sorry I did not update my diary for a few days. I have been feeling a bit more stable and motivated and positive and I don't know if this is just placebo!!!!
There has been no weight gain as far as I'm concerned. No appetite increase. I had a blood test on 10/06/2016 and I just got the results and now I am going to schedule to have the same blood test to compare the results.
Here are the results from my blood test
I will keep this diary going
Hi guys...so I had a suggestion from a comment on a vlog I did of someone suggesting I ask my Dr about switching to a combo of Zyprexa and Abilify. I currently take Risperdal and Abilify (along with Lamictal and Effexor) and the cocktail is NOT WORKING I recently started the Abilify at 5mg, then 10mg and I seem to be rapid cycling with a growing amount of paranoia and anxiety. It was suggested by the commenter that the Zyprexa will help the anxiety and some of the psychosis I'm experiencing (voices, shadow people, paranoia) and the Abilify will keep me from falling asleep all day and help with negative symptoms associated with my Schizoaffective Disorder. Please give any advice you have about either or both of these meds... I can't see my Dr any sooner than the 15th and that is about 6 days away. We have tried, and maxed out, pretty much every other antipsychotic out there and nothing lasts for long. We tried Zyprexa alone about two years ago but I COULD NOT FUNCTION....I was falling asleep trying to work, drive, etc. Not good. Don't know if it would have taken care of the symptoms had I given it a longer run, but I couldn't lose my job and so I dropped it. Anyone try it and had the sleepiness go away after your body got used to it, like a few days or so?? I'd like to try it again as I've heard some good things...other than weight gain which is hard for me as a recovering anorexic...ugh.
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