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Swamp56

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  1. I take a relatively low dose. My pdoc started me out at 0.5mg, then 1mg, and I now take 1.5mg. I noticed a difference at 0.5mg and noticed a greater difference at 1mg. I'm not sure there's been a huge change going from 1mg to 1.5mg.
  2. The miracle drug for me was Mirapex (pramipexole). It's not directly prescribed for Sz but there's literature my pdoc came across indicating that it has a positive effect on negative symptoms. It didn't help with self-care for me, but I regained my attention span (which had been missing for a while) and it also reduced the emotional flatness that made it difficult to engage in things like hobbies.
  3. I've had some minor changes (doses are total per day): Seroquel XR 600mg - Schizophrenia Lamictal 300mg - Mood Prazosin 3mg - Anxiety Klonopin 1mg - Anxiety Mirapex 1mg - Negative symptoms N-acetylcysteine 2000mg - Negative symptoms & OCD Metformin 1000mg - Metabolic syndrome
  4. I've forgotten to take my dose and I felt horrible the next day with flu-like symptoms (my old pdoc calls withdrawal from it as the "Seroquel flu"). I'm not a professional, so I can't tell you the implications of taking your dose in the afternoon, but I would have done so.
  5. As you mentioned, Fanapt has a very low incidence of akathisia. As in, they found that the difference in the rate of akathisia on the medication versus on the placebo was not clinically significant (source). I've gotten akathisia on pretty much everything except that, Saphris, and Seroquel. The half-life of Fanapt is long enough that my pdoc had no issue in letting me take it all at night. The reason I stopped it is that it wasn't very effective at treating my psychosis.
  6. Same question. A dose of 1200mg is 400mg above what the highest recommended dose is for Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia.
  7. When do you take it? I’ve been advised to take it in the early evening (like 7ish) to avoid hangover effects.
  8. This (for theme), Wish You Were Here (also for theme), and The Division Bell (for acoustics) .
  9. I've been able to hold down a full time job since I finished school. This year has been rough though, so I had to take a couple weeks off to focus on getting better after partially relapsing, but I went back to work after.
  10. I heard my recently-passed cat meowing last night. It was terrifying especially given that I don't hallucinate often. I think the past few months are catching up to me and causing breakthrough symptoms. I'm already on a decent dose of Seroquel... I messaged my pdoc asking if there's something else we can do, like raise the Seroquel.
  11. I've been having a lot of breakthrough symptoms recently. I brought it up with my pdoc when I saw him yesterday and asked what options I have. We've had issues with raising my Seroquel dose (sedation) or adding other AP's (akathisia), so he instead suggested we try to better increase Seroquel's effectiveness by adding either a mood stabilizer or Mirapex. I let him decide and he ended up choosing Mirapex. Has anyone tried this med before, or had it prescribed to augment another AP?
  12. I get this with phrases of movies or shows I've recently seen and also with stuff I've recently said, though I think this is more part of my OCD than Sza.
  13. I did during one of my relapses. I thought that the garlic pieces in the garlic lo-mein I would order (frequently) via this one take-out place were microphones. It was during the same time that I couldn't listen to music because I thought the music was somehow tapped by the CIA.
  14. Definitely! When I'm psychotic, I usually get this awkward dark, surreal feeling that's hard to describe, and I also don't typically hallucinate.
  15. Mine has changed, but only minimally: Seroquel XR 600mg (300mg bid) - Psychosis Lamictal 300mg (150mg bid) - Mood Klonopin 1mg (0.5mg bid) - Anxiety Propranolol ER 60mg (60mg qd) - Anxiety Metformin 500mg (500mg qd) - Counters metabolic syndrome N-Acetyl Cysteine 2000mg (1000mg po bid) - Counters cognitive/negative psychotic symptoms
  16. I'm finding that if I stare at something with enough intent (like a computer screen), I start seeing rain. At one point, I couldn't tell if it was lightly raining outside or not because trying to stare at a puddle caused the raining distortion to surface. It's really bizarre and I only noticed it after I relapsed earlier this year... it doesn't really bother me other than reminding me that my brain works a bit differently than most people.
  17. Does your pdoc have any samples of Rexulti? Usually drug reps give samples of newer meds so patients can try them out without having to get an Rx. I was able to go almost 2 months without actually needing to fill a prescription when trialing Fanapt.
  18. Hearing stuff that isn't there can be a frightening experience (been there). You may want to see a neurologist so they can rule out anything organic that might be causing this. Have you been under a lot of stress since you moved a few months ago? And have you noticed any other symptoms such as paranoia, social withdrawal, flat affect, etc?
  19. I've been having some paranoid thoughts recently and have mostly dismissed them without any concern. But today I actually said one of the thoughts out loud and it sounded batshit crazy to me. Far more so than when I think it. Has anyone noticed this?
  20. Theres a documentary-like ad (talking about the history of London?) on the front page that autoplays with audio. Just thought I'd report it as it's kinda annoying. I attached a screenshot of its location.
  21. I agree with @jt07 in that it sounds like orthostatic hypotension. You should definitely contact your pdoc to make sure it isn't something else. If it is orthostatic hypotension, you might see some relief by slowly standing up from a resting position.
  22. After I take Seroquel I get the elephant on chest thing and also sometimes have anxiety, but it usually goes away while I'm sleeping and doesn't re-appear until I take my next dose. Are these feelings a constant for you or, like me, they only appear transiently after taking it?
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