January 15, 2006

Abilify Progress

This will be a short entry just to tell you about the Abilify. So far I am only on a test dose, 5mg, because 2 drugs I take, one for depression and one for CNS Lyme disease, chronic, enhance the effects of the Abilify so we don't know what dose will be effective, but it will surely be a low one. However, I am down to 10mg of Haldol from 15mg.

I feel better already, though I don't know how much is the drug and how much the anticipation. I know I feel somewhat more motivated. At least I manage to get more done during the day and watch less HGTV! But it is still mostly difficult to get motivated, though I do carry through. I take more showers on my own too and wear something resembling PJs to bed instead of all my clothes, just as I'd started to on Zyprexa.

You know, except for the terrible sedation and the weight gain on Zyprexa, I'd still go back to that drug in a heart beat...the things I could do, the way I felt, how motivated and interested I was! And it all felt like me, only the me that I should have had for all those lost years. I still stand behind my olanzapine article, except that I'd add that the sedation wasn't mild but quite severe for me and the weight gain extremely troubling. But the benefits were tremendous.

HOWEVER, I can't take the drug, and there are downsides to it too, like the risk of diabetes, so I have to wipe that possibility off my slate permanently and hope something comes along that is just as good, and maybe the Abilify will be it!

I'd still love to hear from others who take or have taken this drug...You can reply by email if you prefer.

Posted by pamwagg at January 15, 2006 10:37 AM


Dearest Pam,
Good old Pandora. I knew the hope she saved would come in handy for you. Seriously, I am delighted to hear that you are feeling a change for the better, even if the cause is yet unknown. Just as a test case, how about sending me a short sentence at my email address? I miss you dreadfully.
Love, Perkless and Painful

Posted by: Paula Kirkpatrick at January 15, 2006 03:43 PM

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