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YIKES! (Invega) - February 2nd 2015, 10:56 PM

So my doctor decided to take me off of my Abilify and put me on Invega instead. My Abilify was working extremely well for me, but apparently she was concerned about my weight, and that's the reason she switched it. I'm petrified to take this new medicine, not only because I will start to get side effects again from starting a new med but also because I don't know what affect this will have on my mental health.

Has anyone taken Invega or been switched from something that was working to something that was different? What were your results?
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Re: YIKES! (Invega) - February 3rd 2015, 02:22 AM

Hey Sparrow
I haven't taken either Abilify or Invega but I do have experience switching meds, multiple times. It's frustrating. Especially going from something to works to something that doesn't. Side effects are definitely a hassle. However every time I've taken a new medication, I've either gotten used to the side effects, or stopped taking it (with doctor's approval) because the side effects were too much or it wasn't working. What I would recommend for you is to at least give it a try.Give it 4-6 weeks with the new medication. You'll find ways to cope with the side effects. If after that period of time you still can't deal with the new medication or it's not working, talk to your doctor. Sometimes if you can come up with a plan to fix the reason you went off your first medication, you may be allowed to go back on it. For instance, some people are taken off medications so they don't get addicted to them. If the patient can show their doctor they have not formed an addiction to it after a month long period without it, they may be able to go back on the medication. So for you, if you want to go back on it, try brainstorming ideas to help with the weight loss. Maybe take some supplements to help your body get more nutrients, or plan out what foods you need to eat more of and how often. In my experience, if a medication was extremely helpful to me, my doctor and I work out a way to overcome the side effects. For now, you just gotta hang in there and deal with the worst of it. But you'll find your way again. Just be patient. Hope this was helpful for you.
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Re: YIKES! (Invega) - February 3rd 2015, 03:55 AM

Hey Sparrow,

I agree with Alisa. I have never been taken off a medication because of side-effects and switched to another medication.
The best thing you can do is to try the medication out for about a month (possibly up to two months). The side-effects should go away after a couple of weeks I am thinking. You can prepare yourself for what the common side-effects are by reading the pamphlet that comes with your medication.
Did you discuss with your doctor why you are worried about taking the medicine? Maybe she can reassure that the medication could be more helpful or she could have suggestions about how you can cope with the side-effects.
I know for instance, that when I started taking Lexapro, one of the side-effects was nausea and I found that if I ate before taking it or took it while I was eating a meal my chances of feeling dreadfully nauseous went down signifigantly. If I took it and skipped breakfast, I knew that would not go well.
It is scary to switch things around but remember your doctor wants the best for you and communication is what will help.
Hopefully this is useful and you can PM me if you would like someone to talk to.
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Re: YIKES! (Invega) - February 4th 2015, 08:06 PM

I haven't been on either of these medications, but I have been swapped medication before just relax and tell your self there the same the less you stress the better but just look out for side effects.

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Re: YIKES! (Invega) - February 5th 2015, 03:55 AM

Hey there, I was on Abilify and it worked somewhat but it also messed with my diabetes very badly. My psychiatrist took me off, and we've worked through several medicines now for my bipolar until we got to ones I felt were actually doing their job, and not harming my body. The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor, and give the medicine some time to work or not work. Then once you know you can figure out what the next step may be with your doctor. I know changing medicines from something that seems good can be scary, but you never know this may work out better. Hang in there okay? PMs are always open if you ever need to talk.

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