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Old 06-07-2019, 02:50 PM #11
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My diagnosis also shifted from bipolar to SZA. It led to much better treatment for me: clozapine. Mood stabilizers never touched my moods or psychosis.
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My diagnosis also shifted from bipolar to SZA. It led to much better treatment for me: clozapine. Mood stabilizers never touched my moods or psychosis.
Now that I think about it my SZA diagnosis lead to much better treatment as well which was latuda. I've switched to vraylar, but that seems to be doing well so far. I was also diagnosed last year with PTSD which I think has helped boost my recovery journey.
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So fAr the antidepressant my pdoc added last week has helped! Except I got involuntary eye movements and we had to significantly decrease my haldol dose
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So fAr the antidepressant my pdoc added last week has helped! Except I got involuntary eye movements and we had to significantly decrease my haldol dose
I'm so glad it's helping you so far! How are the involuntary eye movements now? Did the haldol decrease help that?
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Yes it did! Hasnít happened since and no psychotic symptoms! I feel great!!!íitís a Christmas miracle!
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I am late posting about your diagnosis. It did throw me for a loop when I got the diagnosis after being diagnosed with bipolar I for a while. It was discouraging for me. I have had the diagnosis for a long time. My schizoprenia part of me is worsening in a strange way. I have negative symptoms of it.

But one thing I am very grateful for is my meds and I never get tempted to get off of them. The price would be too high for me.

You can and will get better but you DO HAVE TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF all the time to make sure you get the right treatment. I am doing much better over the years. You also need therapy and as many support systems tthat you can get.
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My diagnosis also shifted from bipolar to SZA. It led to much better treatment for me: clozapine. Mood stabilizers never touched my moods or psychosis.
I am interested in this post. I am currently taking Zyprexa and Abilify (as for the antipsychotics I take (I take antidepressants, too)) but was wondering if clozapine would help me more. I don't know. I am SZA and currently suffering from a lot of symptoms of irrational thinking, etc. I don't know if clozapine would help me more than my current meds. I am also taking four different medications. Effexor, Remeron, Zyprexa, and Abilify. Anyway, I thought I'd respond to this post. If anyone knows more about clozapine, it'd be nice if you could let me know your experience with it.
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I am interested in this post. I am currently taking Zyprexa and Abilify (as for the antipsychotics I take (I take antidepressants, too)) but was wondering if clozapine would help me more. I don't know. I am SZA and currently suffering from a lot of symptoms of irrational thinking, etc. I don't know if clozapine would help me more than my current meds. I am also taking four different medications. Effexor, Remeron, Zyprexa, and Abilify. Anyway, I thought I'd respond to this post. If anyone knows more about clozapine, it'd be nice if you could let me know your experience with it.
I have a love/hate relationship with clozapine. It's considered the most effective antipsychotic out there, but you have to get frequent blood work because one of the potential but extremely rare but dangerous side effects is a lowering of your white blood cells. It worked really well for me as in completely got rid of all my psychotic symptoms, but I gained a lot of weight on it and eventually I quit taking it because the pharmacy ****ed up and I was too paranoid to begin taking it again and switched to Zyprexa. It also was not practical for me (who can't consistently drive to the pharmacy) to get blood work every week and go to the pharmacy the next day, so that's another reason I didn't go back on it. It made me sleep a lot too, but no more than Zyprexa.
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i'm with spikes with the love hate relationship with clozopine. the blood work is weekly for some time before it changes to bi weekly the lab has to forward the results to the pharmacy before it can be picked up for the week. I made it 6 months and was so over the med. it didn't work well for me although i was on a high dose. the accompanying slurring words and drooling was like thorazine and i felt so confused often. I went to the pdoc one day and said i won't take it anymore and that was that now i take Seroquel and Geodon and its better than nothing for me. i know clozopine helps lots of ppl if you are having psychosis and have never tried it , then talk to your doctor it might be the med for you, it just wasn't for me.
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