Diagnosed with schizophrenia for more than 12 years now. Have been on 5mg abilify daily and cogentin for about a few years now with no voices and no hallucinations. 3 weeks ago, I forgot to take medications for 3 days. Suddenly gone into a “relapse” with positive and negative symptoms like hallucinations, paranoia, grandiose, anxiety, voices, and smelling things that my family says is not there (i.e., smelling gas, but my family says that there is no gas leak anywhere!!) … Even though I have been consistent with meds for the past 2.5 weeks , I still cannot differentiate from what is real and what is not real… How long does it take for abilify 5mg to work to make the voices go away?
Going to see my mental health center to see my psych doc in a few days. Do you think increase of 10mg abilify would make these negative and positive symptoms go away? Or will I have to ask my doc for another med?