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  1. Funny you ask the same day I check back in. I can’t remember how long I’ve been in the caplyta now. The good? I have no depression. The bad? I’m still agitated even after a course of klonopin to get me through the start up phase and am now on 100mg seroquel XR for all day anxiety coverage. Life is okay for now. Sure I wish I feel better but I need to take a break from changes for at least a couple more weeks. Will update again.
  2. Just a couple days so far. I'm hoping that the effects even out as I continue to take it.
  3. Hi all, just recently started klonopin .5mg BID/TID and am pretty happy with its effectiveness on my anxiety and agitation. I've noticed though, that it doesn't seem to last more than 8 hours as evidenced by my anxiety interrupting my sleep when it wore off, and now 9 hours after my last dose when I woke up. Has anyone experienced these peaks and valleys before? Can I expect it to even out as the medication builds up in my body? Any shared experiences would be appreciated.
  4. Yeah, I'm just looking forward to feeling less anxious. My mood has been good considering the circumstances. I figure I'll be groggy for a week or two while I adjust to klonopin, huh? Thanks for all of your input.
  5. I just got a higher dose of guanfacine today along with a change from Valium 10mg 2x/day to Klonopin .5mg 3x/day. Doc wants to keep with the Caplyta (I even mentioned going back to Zyprexa) and preferred long term benzo over long term Zyprexa - probably due to my weight over the last year. We'll see. I pick up the Klonopin tonight and will do a loading dose of 2 pills before bedtime (per Doc's instructions), then 3x daily following that. Hope this works.
  6. I'm titrating due to a common complaint... weight gain. While it made me a little flat it was good for my anxiety and sleep. I was hoping I could maintain those benefits and reduce the weight gain and flatness with a switch to Caplyta. The fact that these meds are so different is a plausible reason for my current distress and something I'll take into consideration. I have emailed my pdoc and let him know I'm struggling. I also asked about klonopin and conidine as replacements to help with the agitation. I hesitate to blame the Caplyta as the PI sheet doesn't list anxiety/agitation as a s
  7. Any input is GREATLY appreciated!!! So I've been tapering my 10mg dose of Zyprexa for the past 3 weeks or so, so that I can start Caplyta. For the first 2 weeks, I tapered down to 5mg with no problems, however about 9 days ago, I stepped down to 2.5mg. Since that step down I've felt awful. My sleep is broken, and I end up waking up between 4-5am filled w/ anxious and restless energy. My days are filled with more of that restless energy. I've felt nauseated through the mornings, my body aches, had diarrhea for a few days and I'm tired but can't sleep. 10mg diazepam takes some of the
  8. Hi, just an update. I've now been on Caplyta for 10 days now. I can't say if it's doing much. It's not doing anything bad, so that's good. I think any effects it's doing is hidden because I continue to take Zyprexa (tapering), which is masking the effect maybe. I have reduced my Z from 10mg to 2.5 over the past week and a half (9 days at 5, 1 day at 2.5) so I'm feeling a little bit of the withdrawal from that with some anxiety and insomnia. Mood's stable on the depressed side of euthymic (very mild). I do find I have a lot more concentration though... maybe a positive sign. I'll update
  9. I think they will. They approved Rexulti without a BP indication so I’m crossing my fingers.
  10. BP depression. I’m about 75% we’ll with Zyprexa as my AAP. Want to see if caplyta can get me the rest of the way without the metabolic side effects.
  11. I was prescribed caplyta in Friday and wanted to get feedback while it sits in preauthorization purgatory from those who’ve taken it on things like depression and anxiety. Thanks!
  12. So my pdoc and I finally came to the conclusion that it is a strong likelihood that my dose of 150mg Lamictal is causing my agitation/anxiety by keeping me in a perpetual hypomanic state (with some nice mixed features thrown in there). I've cycled through the AAP's and AC's plus I'm on a healthy dose of lithium (1200mg.... don't ask my levels, I don't remember) and none have been able to tamp down the agitation sufficiently enough. As much as I think the Lamictal has helped my depression, I can't be happy with how agitated I feel (if that makes sense). The plan is to cut it in half for the n
  13. I thought about that possibility but I'm not sure if that's what it is. It's really hard to describe but it definitely doesn't feel like an RLS type of restlessness. More just like slugged 2 pots of coffee, you know?
  14. Hi, so I've been on Risperdal for the last 3.5 weeks at a dose of 2mg for the first two weeks and 3mg since. Starting about 1 week into starting the Risperdal I've been dealing with an anxiety that isn't really anxiety. I'm not scared or fearful, but I feel buzzy and overcaffeinated. Maybe agitated? This feeling doesn't seem to be affected by actually consuming caffeine. I also have trouble sleeping without a sleep aid. To fall asleep I need something like low dose Seroquel and I often wake up at about 5:00am buzzy and uncomfortable so I just toss and turn until it's time to get up at 6:1
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