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Abilify creating synthetics?/ How could i be sz/sza
After i missed an injection and iffy with oral things the strings that bother me the most is the fact i never knew it was making me unreal!
Did anyone else notice this? I want to do it back to them. (The nurse, not my pdoc). I have the appointment on the 22nd.
White noise nobodies running rampant but aripriprazole converts my physical being to be one of them.
Also I read in a book that BPD and SZ/SZA generally do not coexist but then why was i called that by my pdoc?
Would it not make more sense to just have another PD? I'm unsure.
Eitherway it's eating at me worse than the thing in my brain is.
Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Abilify
Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and from what I've read it's been a total support system. I wanted to pick the brains of some of you other members. I have recently found out that I suffer from depression. I was dx, with anxiety 5 years ago and have been on zoloft off and on since then. Well I was just put on Welbutrin 150mg 5 days ago and abilify 2mg yesterday. I must say I feel better but I want to get the opinion of others that have taken this combination. I'm not 100% but getting better. What time of day do you take your medication? How do you like it? Any input bad or good is welcomed
invega 4 yrs. latuda 3 months horrible
By Starry Night1969
Schizophrenia, all the cool kids have it. I had 10 or so of the side effects on invega, max dose and still heard voices and strange ideas. I was capable of doing 5 or so things a day such as eat at mcdonalds or take a 20 min bike ride. My psych tweaked one of 5 scripts a month for 3 yrs but it never worked and finally my dang psych just ordered a blood test. My results were bad. All 10 things raised by invega were above normal. Minor things like blood sugar or female milk producing hormones. So it stunk mentally and physically.
As a result he finally agreed to change me to Latuda 3 months ago. I've got the worst case of bi-polar now plus voices constantly telling me that I need to rain justice upon the evil doers with biblical vengeance. Today, I stood on a street corner and yelled at cars that narrowly missed people in the cross walk. Drivers on cell phones, drivers not using a turn signal, people accelerating thru a blind turn into the cross walk. I wanted to chase em all down. The voices demanded me to do it. It's also the 1st time I got out of bed in 4 days. Then I came home and cleaned my place for 5 hrs, the voices constantly saying I missed a spot. I must of rubbed every inch of the toilet like 3x. Now I won't be embarrassed if by some miracle I let company come over.
It doesn't seem like either med does a thing and you get all the nasty, debilitating side effects. Ugh. I see my psych again in 3 weeks and might need to change again. Yuck.
Beginning My Journey on Latuda
I am new to this website after doing lots of research on Latuda over the past 3 weeks. For years I had been suffering with anxiety/depression and nothing seemed to work for me. My tendency became to self-medicate with alcohol and that obviously just made things worse. This all started in my early to mid twenties as I slowly became a shell of my normal vibrant and social self. Just a year ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and the direction of medications prescribed to me took quite a turn. Originally my prescriber had started me on Lamictal to "create a base" for the antidepressant medications to work. At that time I was also started on Brintellix which ended up helping my anxiety a great deal, but left me at an all time low with my depression. After adding Abilify, it seemed things were staying the same if not getting worse with my depression. I was on Lamictal 150mg, Brintellix 20mg, and Abilify 5mg prior to starting the Latuda.
Just 3 weeks ago I was started on Latuda 20mg and told to taper off the Lamictal and Abilify, which I did. As directed, I took the medication with my biggest meal of the day, lunch, and I didn't really feel any effects that first week. After a week on 20mg, I was bumped up to 40mg of Latuda. That first evening on 40mg was probably the scariest I've ever had on a medication. I got home from work and could not settle down. I am usually fairly depressed when I get home from work since I don't know what to do with myself, but this was different. I was restless and somewhat scared but couldn't really identify what was going on. I ordered a pizza at 5:30pm and then felt like crawling into bed and curling up into a ball. I then started freaking out that I would fall asleep before my pizza was delivered so I got even more restless, waiting for the delivery which typically takes 30 minutes or so. At around 6:15 I actually called the pizza place because I was so eager for the pizza to be delivered, and then I called again at 6:30 because 60 minutes was now feeling like an eternity with what my body and mind were going through. The second time I called they apologized as they were having an exceptionally busy delivery night, but they still didn't know when my delivery would arrive. At that point I couldn't take it anymore so I got into bed with my cell phone and started falling asleep. At 7:00pm the pizza delivery guy called and I just told him to cancel the order, which I felt bad doing but there was no way I was going to get out of bed at that point. This was quite an episode for me to go through.
I had read the side-effects of the Latuda and still didn't really think much of what could have caused the episode. The rest of the week on Latuda was fine for me and I actually began feeling a bump in my overall mood and depression on the 40mg. I did not have another episode like the first night until yesterday, although it was a little milder. Thankfully today I had an appointment with my prescriber and I could tell her about those restless episodes, which after reading about the Latuda I thought might be Akathisia, but I wasn't sure. She confirmed that it was most likely Akathisia as a side-effect and prescribed me Cogentin today so I will be starting that along with an increase in the Latuda to 60mg. I am also going to start tapering off the Brintellix as my prescriber wants to see how the Latuda works in monotherapy for me, and SSRI's can sometimes be counter-productive when it comes to Bipolar 2. Additionally I will be taking the Latuda at bedtime since it seems to make me tired. I had been taking it around 1:00pm and I had been wanting to get into bed each night around 7:00 which is way too early for me. The good news is I have slept very well on it, and it has been easier for me to get up in the mornings. I hate to eat another 350 calories before bed but we'll see how it goes.
All this to say, I am really hoping that Latuda continues to have a positive effect on my depressed mood and that the Akathisia can be controlled or goes away. I hate taking another medication for a side-effect but I have never had hope for a medication like I do with Latuda, so I am going to do what it takes to see if this might be the right medication for my disorder. Anyway I just wanted to share my journey thus far. Comments or suggestions are welcome!
Abilify Tiredness And Improvement In Cognitive Symptoms ?
My pdoc recently put me on 15mg abilify for psychosis with reduced clozapine dose.
I have 2 questions:
1. Although i take abilify at bedtime, i still experience daytime tiredness/sedation which does not go away. How are u able to combat the abilify's daytime sedation ? I'm 100mg Modafinil but its not helping much with sedation.
2. At what dose have your cognitive symptoms improved on abilify ?