I just started a few days ago, hoping it will get better...
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For her symptoms an increase of disturbing hallucinations (visual, or auditory) her treatment team upped the dose. An increase of paranoia also got the med raised. The smell hallucinations or increased lethargy cause more careful monitoring. After upping a dose effects were felt in 2-3 days and hit full effect in about 10. Her illness was progressive, so it was always a game of catch up. It was the main medication she took for a long time until she maxed out on the dose then they added a second anti-psychotic. For her symptoms she also took a stimulant for when she had to work, a sedative for manic episodes, and an anti-depressive (prozac). She was on the med for about 2 years.
Things I wish I had learned when managing her care about this medication were, if you decide to stop taking the meds do not stop all of a sudden. We were told to stop the medication at one point by one doctor so we could try another. This turned out to be very poor medical advice, you should step down off this med over a few weeks, otherwise the withdrawal can be pretty miserable. Also this medication is processed through your liver, and if you are on it at a high dose or for long periods of time it was compared by her GP as doing hard drugs daily. The GP highly recommended a yearly juice cleanse and liver flush. Surprised the heck out of me but totally makes sense. Hope this helps!
naturopath mom - you have mentioned flower essences to me in a previous thread of mine. i am intrigued! I have used Bach Rescue Remedy for anxiety and mania, it works pretty well sometimes. and are there other natural remedies your dh has used to good effect?
I've been taking abilify for a while now,for depression and bipolar(also on Lamictal,seroquel,klonopin and welbutrin)and recently started getting side effects.My jaw would not stop quivering,so I went my 20mg to 15mg and now to 10mg,hoping to get off it at my next appointment.The quivering has almost stopped.It did work well for me for the time I was on it,so now we'll have to try something else.It's worth a try but watch carefully for side effects.