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  1. Falling down an up escalator 🥵
  2. Just started Topamax for a few reasons: Weight loss Addressing of migraines Elevation of mood Reduction of seizures Will report back when I have further information. At the moment I'm on the minimum dose (25mg) but can go much higher (up to and including 300mg).
  3. As it stands it s the next step in my treatment. I'm at full dose of an MAOI antidepressant, a high dose of Clozapine, a high dose of Trifuloperazine, a VERY high dose of a mood stabiliser, even beta blockers. So yeah, a lot of meds. Additionally I am given maintenance sessions of rTMS. So, as there is little wiggle room for medication increases, this may be an interesting answer.
  4. Anyone used one of these? They seem pretty pricy, but given a long term view of treatment, probably works out very cheaply. Meant to have good reviews ("relaxed yet alert") but you can't always believe what you read!
  5. What do you guys think? Is Boeing culpable in the crashing of multiple 737-Max aircraft almost certainly due to the same fault in their navigation systems? Would you ever fly in one of these planes again?
  6. Simba Cub

    Stiff jaw

    Here's one for you. I currently have a stiff jaw - hurts on the right hand side. What do you think is causing this? My meds regime is in my siggie.
  7. Seroquel is an interesting drug. It's the "softest" one meaning it has the least dodgy side effects, but it WILL make you VERY drowsy - probably! Ironically, it is the atypical antipsychotic closest to Clozapine out of the rest.
  8. Hang tight. I know that many will tell you that you are simply being delusional and maybe you are... I myself was certain that people were reading my thoughts with telepathy (who knows? maybe they are!) but now I feel differently on antipsychotics... But maybe they are acting in an inhospitable manner? Who knows? May your future be safer and simpler
  9. I got told that my symptoms were interchangeable - I could be labelled as having either Schizoaffective Disorder of the Depressive Type or Schizophrenia with Co-Morbid Depression... loosely. He prefers the latter.
  10. I am being treated for them with Sodium Valproate (as well as the drug in its capacity as a mood stabiliser). I was on a benzo for a short time which really helped, but I'd prefer no to end up on a benzo with no end in sight!
  11. They're not too bad to be honest. Sort of going into overdrive, accentuated movement of the arms and neck, flinching. Eyes as well.
  12. Hi guys! So, I've been complaining for a while now of Myoclonic Seizures which my doc tells me is most likely caused thanks to my antipsychotic regime, spanning Clozapine to Trifluoperazine. I get them worse at night, an hour or two after dosing. Why is that? Is it because I've just taken my meds? Or is it because it's at this point that my meds are on their lowest ebb, not having seeped back into my bloodstream yet? Help!
  13. Perhaps it was more accurately described as Sleep Paralysis? I was with my dad taking a LOT of medications, heavy ones. Like, a LOT. And I was so fogged up I was trapped and couldn't even speak coherently. I was trying to convey to him that I wanted to take less or even none at all, that I was pinned down mentally. It was like extreme dementia. It was terrifying. And I couldn't do more than breath heavily, impossible it was to actually make a noise or move. Anyone else ever come across sleep paralysis? Call it a sleeping hallucination.
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    Who else here feels trapped by meds? Every night I take 20-odd tablets, 7 different types, sometimes an 8th, just to tick over. I also have monthly blood tests for Clozapine and rTMS sessions to fight the ongoing depression. I guess, if I have anything going for me, it's that the pills are pretty colours.
  15. Olanzapine was touted as the replacement for Clozapine, with all of the oomf with none of the nasties. Didn't quite work out, although Olanzapine DID prove itself in it's own right. In terms of Clozapine, you should expect a few things come what may. Drowsiness, certainly. Putting on weight. Drooling. And of course there are the blood tests to warn your doctors of a potentially fatal side effect. That being said, Clozapine is the dogs wotsits and additionally is very good for insomnia, depression and anxiety.
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