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I made my own weight loss app
I got so frustrated with trying to lose weight while on Risperdal that I decided to try to make my own diet app:
So far I have been losing about 0.25lbs a week for the past 250 days (with some ups and downs:
It still has some glitches but I really like it because it uses voice entry mostly which I think is the easiest way to track calories.
There is also a $0.99 version that has keyboard entry
I have a friend who is working on making an iOS version.
Risperidone (Risperidal) and Depakote cocktail that's giving me sexual dysfunction.. please help
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?
Weight gain with 100mg Seroquel
Just have a question regarding seroquel and weight gain. Has anyone noticed weight gain while on 100mg of seroquel? I am taking it for sleep and am trying hard to lose weight and wouldn't want the med to impede my progress. I'm thinking I can take other meds for sleep that are maybe weight neutral if it does cause weight gain, such as klonopin.
Stopping abilify and celexa (cold turkey) and taking Wellbutrin
Already have been reducing ability from 20 mg down to 5mg, and Celexa from 40 mg to 10mg. Just started Wellbutrin a couple of days ago. If I am taking Wellbutrin is it okay to go ahead and just stop the other two?
Stopping the Ability and Celexa cause of weight gain and can't lose on it. Didn't realize it can cause obesity and make it hard to lose.
Does anyone know about that? Does it mess up your thyroid or metabolism? Does it take a few weeks to normalize after you stop?
How I learned to smell the roses
Been a while since I've written. I guess a lot has happened since Thanksgiving (my last entry), some of which I have mentioned through posts other people have made about weight gain and Seroquel and other topics under antipsychotics.
So yeah - late November I had been off my AAP for about a month and I continued to be med-free until the beginning of January, when I didn't sleep for 3 days and was beginning to notice changes in the way I perceived my family's behavior. This perceived difference was like night and day, and it actually happened over the course of a day - one day I was fine with my family's behavior and the next I paranoid. It was at this point that my pdoc and I decided it was a good idea to start a low dose of Seroquel.
Things however started to escalate rather quickly. I was having ideas of reference, paranoia and started to even have visual hallucinations and didn't trust anyone in my close circle because I thought they were all out to get me. Some small part of me thought that this might be the psychosis hitting again, but mostly, I was pretty convinced of all the things I started to believe.
Another major problem at the time was that I was very afraid of having the AAP-induced anhedonia that I had suffered from for the 2 years that I had been on various meds after my first episode. I thought if I stayed at the low dose, I would keep off the anhedonia. But my family couldn't handle seeing me lay in bed all day because I was suspicious of everyone and they couldn't handle my defiance towards my pdoc and them when they suggested I up my dose. So then I was once again sent to the hospital where I was forced to raise my dose.
The hospital stay was fun on some days, terrible on others as I was still symptomatic and highly suspicious of the hospital staff. As it turns out though, I ultimately ended up increasing my med dose to 600mg and had no anhedonia. I participated in a partial hospitalization program and walked out with more optimism than I've had for a long time, ready to live my life again.
I still have a lot to work on - living like that for two years definitely does something to you, makes you question the validity of it all - why do we put so much pressure on ourselves, does it really matter? These are questions I ask myself sometimes, but when I'm not doing that, I am enjoying the little things - the smell of the breeze, the entertaining songs on the radio and a laugh or two with my sister - and to tell you the truth, for some reason, I was terrible at enjoying those smaller things prior to having the anhedonia set it. I went on a date with a guy around Thanksgiving and after explaining to him my psychiatric problems, he asked me if it was worth it, and well, a significant part of me thinks yes actually. In a lot of ways, those were a wasted two years, but it taught me how to smell the flowers and that's actually a pretty big deal, isn't it?