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Decide; I know what you'll say - January 5th 2013, 07:26 AM

I've been on many medications to handle my schizophrenia for the past year and I found Fanapt that helped me greatly with all the symptoms. Recently, I've ran out and haven't been able to get refills or see my psychiatrist because there's a problem with my insurance. So my mom's been working with the governement people to get the insurance sorted out so I can go see a doctor for other things and she wants me back on the meds too. Here's the thing.
I've noticed some pros and cons to taking this medication. Hear these out:
Pros:
  • No hallucinations, voices, etc.
  • Controlled emotions
  • Reasonable thinking/actions
Cons:
  • No creativity whatsoever (not even able to create sentences by myself)
  • No deep or thoughtful thinking
  • No ability to analyse situation, text, people, etc.
  • Robotic-like emotions, numb feeling, no depth in anything I feel (like my emotions are produced by a machine, generic and unreal)
These are the few things I've noticed recently with and without the meds and soon enough I'll have to decide if I want to continue with the meds. This decision has been stressing me out.
I'm not really that willing to try other meds because either they'll do the same as this one or not do anything at all.
And I know what y'all will say. "It's up to you" Really, that doesn't help, at least point towards one decision and state why or say what you'd do and such. I really need help in this and it's troubling me all week.


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Re: Decide; I know what you'll say - January 5th 2013, 08:16 AM

Google has told me that Fanapt is generically known as iloperidone and is an atypical anti-psychotic. I know in the states sometimes getting a generic brand is a lot cheaper than a brand name, but I don't know too much about it.

I know you've said you're unwilling to try different medications, but there are basically a buttload of medications aimed at treating both the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and it's unlikely that you'll find the best one straight away. Just the fact that it relieved a lot of your symptoms is a huge thing, my flatmate takes about 20 pills a day and she still hears voices.

I don't know much about schizophrenia, not having it myself, but I do know that the large majority of people with schizophrenia are unable to cope without medication long-term. So for now having no meds probably feels quite nice, but eventually it's likely that the symptoms will become overwhelming again and you will require medication.

My personal opinion is that for ongoing disorders where there is a strong continuance of symptoms (so you're experiencing the illness in an ongoing manner), medication is usually the best option, combined with some therapies to teach you how to cope with the things that the medication doesn't deal with. Many people, like you, have to go through a very large amount of medications before finding the one that works for them.

So, although you're right, and the decision is entirely yours, my own opinion is that finding the right medication will benefit you more long-term than going completely unmedicated.
It's different for everybody though, and discussing your concerns with your psychiatrist should be one of your priorities as well.
   
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