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  1. Hi, Can I take Lithium with Vraylar? I was prescribed Lithium yesterday, and I’ve had a huge appetite since taking it, and I’m scared I’m going to gain weight. I remember one psych ARNP years ago telling me it will make me fat. I was on Vraylar, then told to stop it yesterday, because I was starting Lithium, but it has helped me keep myself together, and it was a hard drug for me to get used to, and I don’t want to have to get used to it again. . If I call the psychiatrist on Monday, they will have to see me in person, and I can’t afford another doctors visit co-pay.
  2. I was also tired a lot on 1.5 mg. But I slept fine. I just felt tired from the medication.
  3. It took me 6 weeks to get comfortable on 1.5 mg. I think I’ll give this dose 1 week and see how I adjust before I call my psychiatrist’s Office. Thank you 😊!
  4. Hi, I started taking Vraylar 3 mg two days ago. I went out to a restaurant today, and I realized this dose is way too activating. At the restaurant, I was going very fast, and everything around me was going fast. How long will it take for this activation from 3 mg to become bearable and decrease?
  5. I don't have access to a car on weekends, so I just plan on staying in our house and relaxing. Watching tv, reading fiction (although I don't like reading fiction lol), reading Eckhart Tolle, maybe coloring in my adult coloring book, going online. It's usually peaceful, because I live in a small house with my parents, and with no one there for a change, it's peaceful, especially because I don't get along with my dad. It's a relief to be away from him for several hours while he's at work. But sometimes it gets boring, and I take a nap, because my medicine makes me tired, and from boredom. Do you like where you live? Meaning, the part of the country or world you live in, and the type of dwelling you live in?
  6. I would have to come into the office and pay for an office visit. The ARNP won’t adjust dosages or change meds unless I see her.
  7. Things are a little better in some ways, but my social anxiety around people is way out of control on Vraylar 1.5 mg. As I said, when I went to the supermarket yesterday with my mom, the social anxiety and paranoia around people was the worst it's ever been, through the roof. The Vraylar gives me more energy and is stimulating, which further fuels and enhances my social anxiety. No, I don't think things are much worse on Vraylar. I'm probably not going to a busy place like the supermarket on it though. BTW I'm on the lowest dose they make. I am seeing my ARNP is 3 weeks. Yeah, you make sense lol.
  8. I felt more on edge. But I feel the same on Vraylar, and my ARNP wants me to stay on it 6 weeks. BTW I see a psychiatrist and an ARNP, they work together. I think they have a different way of managing my medication. My ARNP tells me to stay on my current med Vraylar unless I have really serious side effects, but the psychiatrist took me off Abilify after 2 weeks.
  9. Hi, I have severe social anxiety problems. I tried going to a few weekly religious services years ago, and it was hard for me, so I stopped. I most recently tried going to an Episcopal Church for spiritual support, and I really liked kneeling in the pews in front of a large Jesus statue (this is different for me because I was raised Jewish and only attended Jewish services before.) I felt like I had a friend, and my problems in life weren't only mine to handle. But again, being around people at the Church was very hard for me, and so I didn't attend again, despite liking the service. For those with social anxiety issues who want spirituality in life, what do you do? It has to be a private form of spirituality, because for people like myself, it's hard to go into a place with lots of people.
  10. Hi, What are good antipsychotic(s) for people with already severe social anxiety, that don't usually cause weight gain? I'm on Vraylar 1.5 mg, week 4, and I just went to the grocery store and the anxiety was unbearable. I had to take 4 hydroxyzines to get my anxiety kind of under control. I think Vraylar is too stimulating for me. It's been horrible for me. I think Seroquel is better for those with social anxiety problems, but I've been avoiding it due to fear of weight gain. Are there others? I don't know what to do.
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