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  1. I am sorry you have to bear this. I have heard of APs and AAPs used in tourette's or some tic disorders with success. Have you seen a doctor or mentioned your problem to one ? Psychiatrists or Neurologists treat these kind of disorders. If you want things to get better seeing a doctor is the direction to go.
  2. I misplaced my 90 day Abilify bottle and I began signs of depression at 60 days and did not fully realize I was unintentionally off Abilify until nearly 90 days. It certainly is not a strong antihistamine unlike some other AAP's though it would be hard to tell as I was on Fexofenadine (Allegra) at the time.
  3. It takes about a month for Abilify to clear the body. That means the level of Abilify in your body goes down slooooooowly so it has the reputation of not causing withdrawal symptoms.
  4. It is the original atypical, it is a strong AP and works when others do not. I seem to remember it has a lower risk of Tardive Dyskinesia.
  5. Cyproheptadine, a first generation antihistamine sold as Periactin, can be effective in reversing SSRI induced sexual dysfunction for a few hours after taking it. Being a first generation means sedating to some degree. It is anticholinergic. Cyproheptadine requires a prescription in the US. Cyproheptadine is antiserotonergic which probably accounts for it's abilities here. It is a strong local anesthetic. 4 mg would be a usual starting place.
  6. Chances are good that you have seen melatonin in health food stores or in an advertisement or article. No other hormone is available in the United States without a prescription. Because melatonin is contained naturally in some foods, the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 allows it to be sold as a dietary supplement (e.g., vitamins and minerals). These do not need to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or controlled in the same way as drugs. Because it is not categorized as a drug, synthetic melatonin is made in factories that are not regulated by the FDA. Listed doses may not be controlled or accurate, meaning the amount of melatonin in a pill you take may not be the amount listed on the package. Most commercial products are offered at dosages that cause melatonin levels in the blood to rise to much higher levels than are naturally produced in the body. Taking a typical dose (1 to 3 mg) may elevate your blood melatonin levels to 1 to 20 times normal. For melatonin to be helpful, the correct dosage, method and time of day it is taken must be appropriate to the sleep problem. Taking it at the "wrong" time of day may reset your biological clock in an undesirable direction. How much to take, when to take it, and melatonin's effectiveness, if any, for particular sleep disorders is only beginning to be understood. While there are real concerns about the widespread use of melatonin sold as a consumer product, there have not been any reported cases of proven toxicity or overdose. If you are concerned about the correct melatonin dosage for you, talk to your health care professional.
  7. Xanax has been demonized by the press and the government. I've taken Klonopin for 10 years and take it every day and i, I am not dependent. I miss doses all often. When I had gangrene and a flesh eating bacteria my pdoc said take as much as it takes. The pain was so bad and not controlled fully,. I would of been dead today due to suicide if it were not for my pdoc and Klonopin. The length of time it takes to become dependent, it is months not weeks or days. Dependency is expected as it has no negative health implications other than dependency itself. The same is not true of abuse.
  8. Abilify is officially indicated and I find it to be a strong AD, but almost all APs touch the right receptors, the same one antidepressants do. Somewhere I read that Typicals as a group are better than atypicals, white the exception of Abilify. I might have that backwards as I am high. I just took a Norco for some really intense pain.
  9. Everyone should have a overnight sleep study as breathing problems are very common. There are other sleep disorders not just apnea. Generally insurance pays for sleep tests, they often limit how many you can have in a year. I got away with having 3 as I changed insurers several times.
  10. No, it is not Apnea. I am diagnosed with Nocturnal Hypoxia. I had 1 apenia in the night. I would have to have a whole lot more events. Apnea has also not shown up on previous tests. If you are having Apneas that last long enough you will have hypoxias but the reverse is not true. Unless you have an EEG monitor the results of these smartphone apps are very inaccurate. Snoring is a major sign but you can still have apnea if you don't., others are not feeling rested after a normal amount of sleep and daytime sleepiness. Your naps could be a sign. Your oversleeping and not being able to wake on time could indicate some kind of breathing problem (apnea is a breathing problem).
  11. I am about the same except I don't get OCD if I miss sleep. After many years of practice I've gotten sleep well controlled so I get 8 hours quite often. I've had insomnia the longest, it goes back to my early teen years. Before the depression started. Just recently I had another sleep study and it showed I had 162 mins.of sleep where my O2 saturation was below 90%. This is significant. Anything below 90% is too low, you really want it to be 95% saturation or better. This messes with sleep and causes several other problems like cell death. Neurological tissue is very sensitive to O2 saturation. I had sleep studies 10 and 15 years ago and I did not have oxygen saturation issues on these studies. I've basically been on my present cocktail for a long time so it would seem it is not the drugs suppressing my breathing that is causing me to dip below 90% saturation. I now have an oxygen concentrator in my bedroom and take supplemental oxygen by nasal cannula while I sleep. This has really improved my sleep and I wake up more rested and awake.
  12. There are a number BB to choose from. I take propranolol because it is the treatment of choice for the kind of tremor (EPS derived) that I have. If you take a lot (100's of mg) of propranolol its' rate limiting of your heart rate can get in the way of getting to the highest heart training zone. I take an ER version so the dose is distributed over 8 hrs and I just tale 60 mg which is nothing. I believe the rate limiting is, among the BB's, most pronounced in propranolol. The usual dose is in the 100's for blood pressure. More likely to have side effects here.
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