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  1. Hello crazyboards, Anyone else on Vraylar? What are your thoughts and experiences? I am currently on Vraylar. This is my second time taking it. Two years ago, I was on it for three months. In three months time, it caused me to gain 30 lbs. I was never able to lose the weight because I switched right back to Abilify which gives me increased appetite and urges to binge eat. I have tried almost every medication available and my psychiatrist says that I am out of options. All of the medications have intolerable side effects. Aside from the weight gain, Vraylar is the best medication I have tried. I decided to give Vraylar another try while working the weight watchers program (which I have had nothing but success with in the past.) I have been on weight watchers for the past three weeks. I have only been on Vraylar for one week and I have already gained 1.8 lbs, WHILE working the weight watchers program. My psychiatrist told me that diet alone will not help, and that I have to engage in regular intensive exercise. I am willing to give it a try. However, I don't know that the type of diet I will have to eat is realistic or maintainable. I literally can't eat anything good ever again. I have to stick to Chicken, Fish, Vegetables, Brown Rice, Fruit, and that's it. No sauces, no extras. I would be afraid to see what would happen if I even ate a sweet potato. That could mean another pants size by tomorrow! There are other side effects of Vraylar as well. I am clenching my teeth really hard, and I have to urinate constantly. There is also a significant risk for diabetes on Vraylar which scares me. I am also concerned about all of the weight that I have to lose, which I have been trying to lose for years. If Vraylar causes such bad weight gain, who's to say that I will even be capable of LOSING weight while on the drug? I am very interested in anything that you have to share about Vraylar, good or bad, so let me know down below. Also, I am open to recommendations for other medications which don't have all of these crazy side effects!
  2. Hello crazyboards, I wanted some feedback on the difference between typicals and atypicals...specifically Abilify versus Prolixin. I have been taking Abilify for years which means I have had to live with sh**y side effects for a while now. I got to the point where I could no longer tolerate the side effects so I decided it was time for another med change. Also, I finally realized that the Abilify could be a contributing factor to my weight problem. My doctor suggested Prolixin and I agreed to try it. I remember being on Prolixin for a short period of time in the past and I don't recall any awful or intolerable side effects. The reason I quit the drug was an entirely different story all together which had nothing to do with the medication its self. I have been struggling to find the right medication for years. I tried just about every option available to me with my previous psychiatrist. The trouble is that the meds work but they all cause intolerable side effects. Even the medications used to counter those side effects, have their own awful side effects. Both my previous and current psychiatrist recommended trying the older "typical" antipsychotics at low doses. Both of them said that their patients experienced less side effects on those medications at low doses, than with the atypicals. Since I am already on a very low dose of Abilify anyway, I figured it was a perfect fit. I wanted to know if there are any marked differences between Abilify and Prolixin for the better or worse...in general and in terms of side effects. I had gotten used to the sh**y side effects of Abilify although some of them seem to have worsened or I have developed new ones over time. If this cocktail doesn't work, I am at the point where I am greatly considering going off of meds all together (safely by titrating down). However, I don't really feel that being medication-free is an option for me. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who seems to greatly benefit from medication and struggle without it. Ps. Another side note: I had to quit cannabis due to my medication which is a major bummer. Ever since I started taking antipsychotics, years ago, cannabis began affecting me differently to the point where it wasn't worth it. It began interacting with the meds and causing adverse effects as well as dulling the high. I am hoping this changes once I start taking typicals, seeing as they work a little bit differently.
  3. Hello Crazyboards, For three years I have been unable to find a medication that I can tolerate. They all have intolerable side effects, some of which are rare. I have tried so many medications it's not even funny, too many to list here. As a general rule, I refuse to take cogentin, as I have been told by numerous doctors that it drys out the body (from the inside out.) Therefore, I cannot take any meds that cause tardive dyskenisia or EPS (Extrapyramidal symptoms.) Another side effect I absolutely don't mess around with is hair loss. Other side effects I have issues with are sexual dysfunction (ie. genital numbness, inability to orgasm, low sex drive), weight gain, and anhedonia. I would also prefer to take a medication that does not block dopamine. Vraylar works fabulously and does not block dopamine receptors, although it has a tendency to make people gain an average of 10 lbs per month (including myself.) I prefer the new atypicals. I will only take atypicals, for the most part, as they are more effective at treating negative as well as positive symptoms and have many advantages over the dinosaur drugs. One side effect I HAVE to tolerate (because they all have it) is the doubling of the skin's exposure to the sun. I wear sunscreen every day, no matter where I am going. I have tried a lot of medications for short periods of time during hospitalizations. It might be worthwhile to request my records and try drugs that were given during those times. This would be a great way to rule out hair loss, since I have already tried said medications and know whether or not they caused such a problem. My psychiatrist even tried a DNA test with me, to see which medications would be best. She says we are out of options. **On a side note: Speaking of side effects, my aunt has kidney disease caused by Lithium and she might have to have dialysis. I am going to try serequel next. I know two people who are on it and love it. I already tried it in the hospital as a teen and I know that I didn't lose any hair. Ps. I have taken Abilify for years but it caused too much anhedonia and sexual dysfunction for my taste.
  4. Hello crazyboards forum, Anyone else experience binge eating and other impulsive/compulsive behaviors with Abilify? As you may or may not know there are lawsuits against Abilify for this sort of thing (gambling, hyper sexuality, binge eating, as well as impulsive spending.) I am thinking about trying to get some sort of compensation for pain and suffering for the nightmare I went through with Abilify and binge eating/eating disorder. Abilify now bears a warning label against these behaviors as of 2016. It messes with the impulse centers of the brain and can cause those who are taking it to struggle with impulsivity. I have taken Abilify before (obvs) but it wasn't until my doctor increased the drug that this nightmare began. I've observed that being medicated always makes dieting more difficult, but never this difficult. I have always had struggles with my weight but I am usually good about it when I set my mind to it. I have always had success with weight watchers when I gain weight and need to shed the pounds or get back on track. My doctor increased my Abilify in October when I was hitting a rough patch with my (now) ex. I have been trying to do weight watchers since October and I have not had one ounce of success or lost a single pound. I try (and fail) every single day (except for the days when I would get fed up and say "screw it.") I go to Over Eaters Anonymous, reach out to other members when I need help, et cetera. Since the increase, I have gained a large amount of weight (I am honestly afraid to weigh myself and will probably not do so for a while as it will only get me discouraged.) I have never experienced binge eating or urges to eat this bad. At what I thought would be my rock bottom, I ordered a massive amount of take out every day and ate sweets which I usually don't even enjoy. Every time I thought I'd hit rock bottom, I would hit a new one.There were times where I would be eating but didn't know why I was eating. I seldom got any enjoyment out of it as it was a compulsion that I felt I "needed" to do. The feeling of satiation or being satisfied was never there. The more and more pressure I put on myself to do weight watchers, the worse it would get. I felt sick, low in energy, hopeless, disgusted, and all around crappy. My will had been broken over and over again. It got so bad that I found myself saying, "I will be better off dead if I keep eating like this." I found myself reaching the epitome of misery. I started having the low self esteem of a junkie. Finally, I decided I had had enough. I quit Abilify. The first day there was no difference, but already by the second day I started noticing something I hadn't noticed in a long time...The feeling of being full after a modest meal. Already, I've significantly cut back on eating and as of today I am on weight watchers. This is only my third day being off of the drug but already I feel so much better and more in control. Abilify didn't only contribute to an eating disorder, I was all around impulsive in general. Some of it is too personal to disclose, but I had a lot of difficulty with impulse control while on the higher dose of the drug. I would impulsively get into arguments with people (which I never do.) I began spending a lot of money (as if all of the food hadn't already put enough of a dent in my wallet) and I felt the impulsive need to have sex with my ex. When I wanted sex it had to be "right now." I am very sensitive to medication and manage on very low doses for years now. I told my psychiatrist about three weeks ago that I felt the higher dose was doing me more harm than good, but she started getting fed up with me and my sensitivity to medication and said something along the lines of "you are already on an unusually low dose." All of the medications cause intolerable side effects for me, so it has really been a struggle over the past couple of years to find the right med. I have taken her advice and have been riding it out for three weeks, but I finally realized that the Abilify was probably the culprit for my sudden insatiability with food so I finally just quit (which I know is not advisable.) All I know is that I have gotten through one whole day without constantly thinking about food, making runs to the store for snacks, and stuffing myself senseless. I was also experiencing a lot of anhedonia and simply felt like nothing mattered in my life (common symptoms of being over medicated.) Today, I feel more clear headed, in control, and hopeful. I seem to have moods instead of just an over all sentiment of being fed up. It is a relief. The higher dose of Abilify seemed to put me into some kind of coma, so to speak, of apathy and lack of respect for myself and body. Already, I feel a lot more like myself. I do not recommend anyone go off of medication abruptly without consulting a doctor, but for me it was either that or buy a whole new set of larger clothes to fit into by the time I see my doctor.
  5. i was wondering if invega sustanna has made anyone else lactate? i had been on invega 2 months before i received sustanna which was about a week ago. i am now lactating.I have heard it to be a rare side effect but i just want to be safe rather than sorry.
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