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Hey guys I need your help! The past week and a half or so I've been getting progressively more paranoid and it's getting to the point I have panic attacks as I get ready to leave the house for work. I don't feel safe at work and am so stressed that I block out the majority of the day and have no idea what I do. When I shower the Shadows start chattering just quietly enough that I can't make out the words but I feel threatened by them, and they scramble my thoughts as I try to work. My pdoc just added Abilify 5mg to my meds in addition to Risperdal 3mg, Lamictal 200 mg, and Effexor 150mg. Have any of you had success with Abilify reducing paranoia? How soon might it work? I'm really struggling to get myself out of the house and to put in a day at work. I cry on the way there and usually on the way home too from the fear. I feel like they're plotting to capture me for experimenting. I don't know what for but I feel like they will keep me. Please help! Thank you so much!
Adding to the cocktail...choices choices choices...ugh
So...my current situation is that I'm starting to get breakthrough psychosis on my current meds and my pdoc wants to add something to the mix. I'm on Effexor 150mg in the morning, then Risperdal 3mg and Lamictal 200 mg at night. We don't want to up the Risperdal any more because it gives me a hard time waking up for early shifts at work. Right now she's added Abilify 5mg to take in the morning and it's only been four days but she also talked about maybe trying geodon or latuda. Both of those need to be taken with food to get the most out of them and I also happen to be a recovering purging anorexic so to eat that much first thing in the morning totally freaks me out, so that's why we settled on Abilify as the first option. So I just wondered if anyone could tell me their experience with Abilify, specifically if taken in the morning, and if it was taken along with an additional antipsychotic at night how the doses worked for you. I struggle with negative symptoms a bit and hope that an additional med could maybe help with that as well...any experiential advice on that topic? As many probably do, I've been stuck experimenting with different doses and combos for the past three and a half years since the beginning of my treatment only having a few months of stability at a time...I keep holding out hope that the next change will be "the one"...so any suggestions would be so so appreciated. I know meds are so individual, but the slightest direction would be encouraging. Thank you all so much!
Wellbutrin + Lamictal + Latuda
Dx Bipolar Disorder.
So today the dr decided to add Wellbutrin to my Lamictal + Latuda combo.
I just got off of Seroquel (switched to Latuda) and the Latuda is helping my anxiety more than the Seroquel did but I'm back to my somewhat shitty baseline of sort-of-depressed.
I had a really bad reaction to Paxil, and Celexa did nothing but make me lose dangerous amounts of weight, but I understand that Wellbutrin is not an SSRI.
For people with bipolar - has Wellbutrin caused you to go manic? Did it help the depression at all? What did it do? I've got these pills I'm afraid to take despite the pdoc's reassurances, although he warned me it can be "unpleasant" the first few days of taking them and that we're going to get me onto Wellbutrin really slowly, but I'm also really tired of being depressed all of the time so I want to give it a try.
Med change coming need help
I recently saw a new pdoc that's suggesting I switch off my Zyprexa I've been on for Years to Geodon, Abilify or Latuda. The idea is to desperately try to drop some off some of the weight from Zyprexa and other meds in the past. My previous pdoc who I trust more I almost want to wait because I can see him after this next teleconference with this new guy. Anytime we've even tried to cut my Zyprexa I've wigged out but now I'm positive about it and hopeful. To make a short story long, can anyone tell me which one of those three is best for anti anxiety and also drop the weight?thnx☺️
Anybody on Latuda? I feel like I need a higher dose...
I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 in January and was started on Latuda 20mg and Lamictal 25. It got better almost instantly but in February I started feeling angry and snappy. I felt like I was having a relapse but not into the depression. Pdoc doubled both my meds and I smoothed out again. Here comes March and I slid into something so scary I didn't know what to do. I would burst out crying for no reason. I felt like someone was holding my head underwater and I couldn't breath. The walls felt like they were closing in on me and I didn't want to be inside my house. I dreaded waking up and dreaded having to come home. This episode was past anything I had ever experienced in my prediagnosed days. Went back to the doc last week and she upped my Latuda from 40 to 60. I feel much better but still feeling a little depressed. I'm afraid of that episode happening again. I go to the pdoc next Monday(4/11) and I am tempted to ask her to up my Latuda to 80mg. Is it a general rule that patients can't ask for an increase in dose? Anyone taking Latuda and knew they needed an increase in dosage? Any info would help me out. Thanks!