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Old 02-09-2019, 04:20 PM #1
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Hey, I'm looking for some advice. I currently attend a psychiatrist who is linked toy GP surgery (so I can't get a different one). She recently changed my antipsychotic medication and the new ones have made me feel elated, like really elated to where I can't stop talking to people and keep buying stuff and putting it on my credit card (bought a guitar yoday for example). I phoned my psychiatrist on Wednesday as although it's better than feeling suicidal, this is definitely not me, and I really can't afford to be buying stuff. She said although it might be an elated episode, it is more probably relief as my godmother's funeral had passed. I told her the symptoms were first noticed by my ex partner the morning of the funeral. I felt like talking to her was a waste of time so I asked the pharmacist who advised that feeling elated is a common side effect when starting this medication. This made me feel better, however I've just stopped taking them as I have no impulse control, and no one in my home life to help me, so I felt the only option is to stop them. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
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Well how long have you been taking them? It is not good to quit cold turkey. You should have seen if she could taper you off. Coming off my meds cold turkey severely messed up my sleep cycle.
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I was only on them for about 2weeks. I stopped on Friday, as I just can't take it anymore. I wasn't sleeping when I was taking them either. I'm seeing my psychiatrist again on Wednesday, hopefully she'll be a bit more useful..
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I'm so sorry, Angie84 I agree with Dnester. Quitting meds like this could be very dangerous for your own health. Be careful. I'm glad you're going to see your psychiatrist soon. I'd suggest to talk to her about this and see how it goes from there. Hopefully she will be able to help you. Stay safe and take care of yourself. Is there anyone else IRL outside of your home life that you can reach out to? Any friends or family members? I'm so sorry, I know it's hard. Is there anything we can do to help you? Please let us know. You can do this! You're strong, I know that. I believe in you. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel free to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck ! Let us know how it goes. Sending many hugs to you
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Itís my body and I know it well. You see a doctor for a few minutes and away you go dealing with whatever happens next to you all alone.

I know my behaviors and what I do and why (not that I have any control over what the others do)...., but if a medication changes affects me negatively, I will quit taking a drug without doctors permission of which Iíve done a many of times. If a drug is hurting or making me feel way out of sorts....then no. Iíve told doctors no, that I will not take a certain drug that failed me and to find something else. I pretty much wont take any a.p. After trying several in the past because they hurt. You see, I have to function and go to work everyday. I quit seriously because I slept for 22 hours for 3 days and made me feel like I was moving through honey.

So to me, you did the right thing.

There is a lawsuit against the makers of Abilify because it triggered its users to have compulsive gambling habits....true? Idk.

Antidepressants tend to trigger hypomania in me to where I do all things that you have described. Can you be bipolarish, too?
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Itís my body and I know it well. You see a doctor for a few minutes and away you go dealing with whatever happens next to you all alone.

I know my behaviors and what I do and why (not that I have any control over what the others do)...., but if a medication changes affects me negatively, I will quit taking a drug without doctors permission of which Iíve done a many of times. If a drug is hurting or making me feel way out of sorts....then no. Iíve told doctors no, that I will not take a certain drug that failed me and to find something else. I pretty much wont take any a.p. After trying several in the past because they hurt. You see, I have to function and go to work everyday. I quit seriously because I slept for 22 hours for 3 days and made me feel like I was moving through honey.

So to me, you did the right thing.

There is a lawsuit against the makers of Abilify because it triggered its users to have compulsive gambling habits....true? Idk.

Antidepressants tend to trigger hypomania in me to where I do all things that you have described. Can you be bipolarish, too?
Thanks for your reply. The kind of mania I'm experiencing is similar to that of bipolar, but I already feel like it's easing just after 2 days of not taking them, not much but I think there is improvement. I'm still taking the antidepressants as I've been taking them for about a year and know not to stop taking meds suddenly if you've been on them for so long.

I just wish my psychiatrist believed in what I was saying. I also have a psychologist that I'm seeing on Tuesday, so I'm going to speak to her about it too.
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Thanks for your reply. The kind of mania I'm experiencing is similar to that of bipolar, but I already feel like it's easing just after 2 days of not taking them, not much but I think there is improvement. I'm still taking the antidepressants as I've been taking them for about a year and know not to stop taking meds suddenly if you've been on them for so long.

I just wish my psychiatrist believed in what I was saying. I also have a psychologist that I'm seeing on Tuesday, so I'm going to speak to her about it too.
I was wondering if this was a bipolar thing for you because I have bipolar and this exact thing happens to me related to my bipolar and medications. there is a bipolar forum board here on psych central found here... you might want to ask a mod to move this thread over there to get more answers and replies related to the bipolar like problems.... here is where you can find the bipolar board...

https://forums.psychcentral.com/bipolar/
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Thanks for your reply. The kind of mania I'm experiencing is similar to that of bipolar, but I already feel like it's easing just after 2 days of not taking them, not much but I think there is improvement. I'm still taking the antidepressants as I've been taking them for about a year and know not to stop taking meds suddenly if you've been on them for so long.

I just wish my psychiatrist believed in what I was saying. I also have a psychologist that I'm seeing on Tuesday, so I'm going to speak to her about it too.
Iím trying to reduce my AD because my head is zinging when Iím trying to sleep. It started when I went to 40 mg a few months ago, but Ive went back to 20 just recently and sleep better. Iím thinking of taking it out completely to see if thatís any better.

They put me on Latuda in the psych hospital and it made me manic so bad that I was sleeping about 4 hours a night with chaotic vivid dreams, high anxiety and irritability. After 3 days it was like hell no, lol

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I have noticed no difference at all when taking antidepressants. I'm currently on my 3rd antidepressant medication, and my psychiatrist doesn't want to change it until I am more 'stable'. I do get withdrawals when stopping them tho.

With the new antipsychotics I have only been sleeping about 4 hours a night also, and that's been for around a week now. I think a combination of the lack of sleep and stopping the tablets may be worsening my anxiety, but I feel trying to manage anxiety is the safest option for me until I see my psychologist and psychiatrist.

I have never had an episode of mania/elation before starting those new tablets.
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Your pharmacist said a common side effect when *starting* medication. Did he mean it levels off when your body adjusts to the medication?
I was on a med for physical problem that has emotional side effects. At their worse at 2 weeks after starting then leveled off & by week 5 gone.
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