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there's often a focus on negative side effects so what I'd like to read in this thread is success stories. what has worked for you? what not only works but has tolerable side effects? I know it's different for everyone but I thought it'd be nice to read some good things.

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Invega. It has been so good to me. I have no side effects (that I notice), and it keeps me out of the extremes of both ends of BP and keeps my head clear, focused, and free of delusional thinking. I've found that I can't go below 9mg though. Before this, I had tried several other AAPs as well as lamictal, and none worked like Invega. 

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I'm doing pretty well on abilify.  It helped pull me out of a psychotic episode and I don't have side effects that i know of.

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abilify works great for me, just a little loss of feeling and sluggishness but the psychosis is gone.

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I am doing well on Seroquel. I think my only frustration with it was when I lost the sedation (once I got used to it the sedation was just enough to stop my insomnia). But it has reduced both my psychosis and anxiety quite a lot, to a point where I have my life back. And it has been weight neutral for me. In fact my weight is a lot more stable on it than it ever was off meds / on wrong meds (when I used to constantly fluctuate between underweight and healthy because I couldn't eat).

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Abilify is a very effective antidepressant augmenter for me. The only side effect I get is a slight hand tremor, easy to treat with propranonol. I have never had steady hands anyway so I now enjoy having them. Existing meds have given me a fast heart rate so being on propranonol, which slows heart rate, is a win/win in that now I have steady hands and a normal heart rate.

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Hmm...well abilify has always worked pretty well for me. It seems to clear out some of the crazies. I have just started latuda as well a few months ago and the jury is still out on that one! haha But I think it must be doing something. I hope so at least!

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Seroquel XR turned my life around this year.  I know that sounds dramatic, but in  early Jan 2012 I was a complete wreck, on 1000mg of the IR plus a bunch of other meds, and in desperation my pdoc finally suggested this. Switching to 600mg of the XR stabilised me for the first time in I can't remember how long.  I first realised how dramatic the change had been when my senior manager called me in March and commented on how dramatic the difference was in my performance and functioning compared to what had been happening in 2011 (and she had no idea that there had been a med change).  I had similar comments from close family members.

 

I still need lithium in my cocktail, and I do have to take an additional 100mg of the IR at bedtime to knock me out, and I do still have to have a benzo on hand for prn use... but to have gone from taking 16+ pills a day and barely holding it together, to having my pdoc say that she considers me one of her most high functioning patients, is a fucking MIRACLE.

 

eta sorry, I forgot to comment on side effects - I've been fortunate not to have had any negative effects from the seroquel XR.

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risperidone (Risperdal): It did wonders for my anxiety and I wasn't hit by any real side effects. The only reason I'm not taking it now is because a doctor at the hospital decided to try ripping me off both this and my AD and replacing it with Abilify. That didn't work, but hospitals don't like to move backwards, so...

 

aripiprazole (Abilify): Despite what I said above, Abilify did eventually work, just not the way the hospital pdoc had intended. Once they got me up to 15mg they re-added my antidepressant and the one-two punch worked too well! I was zippy the squirrel, cleaning the house multiple times over because I couldn't sit down. As my pdoc started bringing it down though, that resolved itself and at 2mg it worked nicely as an augmenter to my antidepressant without any side effects.

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I've been on risperdal for two years and its very effective at eliminating hallucinations and my mania. It killed my period (although my OB/GYN says that the IUD did that) and doesn't work so hot on mixed episodes (that's what the depakote is for) I really like risperdal and don't want to give it up unless absolutely necessary.

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Seroquel is the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I've been on it 12 years and it has taken my life from excruciating to pleasant.

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Risperidone has helped my anhedonia in different ways by something between very notable and amazing. Ive had side effects too though.

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Obviously I am on a cocktail so my antidepressants and stimulants listed in my signature help overall, but if we are just talking antipsychotics then Latuda all the way. No other antipsychotic has ever worked so well. It hardly has any side effects, no weight gain, I can still think on it, and I am not psychotic anymore.

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Currently I'm pleasantly surprised and relieved to be taking Saphris. I had serious doubts about it and it's one of the worst tasting substances on earth, but it works for me and I'm grateful. The delusional irrational thinking is GONE. Such a relief.

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Latuda is the best AAP I have EVER taken.... complete clarity and feel all my emotions but more insight, better thinking, slightly MORE energy and better mood if anything and yes, it has no SEs for me at all, esp. no weight gain which I love....  Anna

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Abilify saved me.  Brought the hallucinations down to a minimum.  Provigil and naltrexone really help me also.

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I have taken many antipsychotics and I found Zyprexa to be the best one. It stops my delusions and works very quickly. The only problem is the weight gain so I take it  PRN. I have to be extra careful with my symptoms because I have to remember to take it when my symptoms start to worsen. 

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