Dr_Anderson : Greetings, and thank you for your question.
Dr_Anderson : Typically for Abilify, you will see therapeutic effects within a few weeks, so 10 weeks is long enough to tell if the 20 mg is strong enough. Given the side effects have been much
Dr_Anderson : more tolerable on the Abilify, it sounds like a good fit. So, trying a higher dose, up to 30 mg, would be reasonable.
Dr_Anderson : For the sleep, try either breaking the dose up into twice daily, or switch it to a different time of day (like morning to night or. Vice versa)
Dr_Anderson : If the increase of the dose does not seem to control your symptoms after about 8 weeks, it may be necessary to switch to a different agent. Given the side effects you have had from your other medication, I'd consider Latuda or Saphris. Latuda is not very sedating, and is only once daily dosing. Saphris can be taken once pe day but it is meant to be taken twice daily. It also tends to be sedating.
Dr_Anderson : As for the diagnosis itself, I'm sorry it has give
Dr_Anderson : given you troubles. On one hand, it feels bad to have a "label" put on you. You are a person, after all, not a diagnosis!
Dr_Anderson : On the other hand, what I like to tell my patents is who cares what we call it, as long as you get and stay well. So, for you, hopefully the Abilify will do what it needs to to control your symptoms. But if not, the above options would be reasonable to try.
Dr_Anderson : Best wishes to you, and please let me know if I may be of further assistance! Please do not rate this until you feel your question has been answered to your need!
Dr_Anderson : Regards,
Dr_Anderson : Dr. Anderson
Hi thanks for the info. does latuda and saphris go by another name. i like the sound of latuda i ideally want none sedating none weight gaining lower prolactin. The NHS have never mentioned these meds. I was considering a private consultation with a psychiatrist would u recommend this? as the alternatives offered by NHS Dr include queatipine and haliperodol!!
The dose of abilify has been increased over the last ten weeks to 20mg I take in the morning I tried taking the dose in the evening with no real change to my sleep pattern and felt more vunerable during the day.