Had a prescriber appointment yesterday, and she wants to bump up Abilify from 10mg to 15mg-- she’s been trying to increase the dose since our first visit back in November.
I felt like that was a kinda hasty decision, especially since it was our first time meeting, plus the jump from 10mg to 15mg seemed super high.
Yesterday, I mentioned that I was having some breakthrough symptoms, and she was real adamant about going to 15mg. These breakthrough symptoms aren’t anything I can’t handle, and my functioning has been decent on 10mg.
15 mg worries me-- I don’t want to be overly-medicated, I don’t want to re-experience the restlessness, and I’m worried about more side effects.
I want to trust my prescriber’s judgement. After all, she’s had the training and makes the big bucks-- but I can’t help but feel hesitant about this increase.
So I guess my questions are:
Has anybody made the jump from 10mg to 15 mg? What was it like? How do you feel being on a higher dose? Should I just stick to 10mg? Any advice?
@everhopeful should know this question
Paging him !!
I increased my dose from 10mg to 15mg. I became more stable but the anxiety and restlessness increased for me too.
However I take over the counter supplements to counteract the anxiety/restlessness now. (Broccoli sprout extract and L-theanine).
My life was a misery on 10mg looking back.
Thanks for the assist!
Thanks for answering, @everhopeful
Good to hear you became more stable on 15mg-- but what you mentioned about the side effects stinks.
I’m glad the supplements are working out for you, though-- I actually bought some L-theanine after reading a few of your posts recommending it. Have yet to try it on a consistent basis, but it’s good to know that it’s an option in case the side effects worsen.
I did go from 10 to 15mg in 2016 but it was a long time ago. I can’t really remember the difference…
But if you are having breakthrough symptoms then maybe it’s a good idea, at least for a year or so where u don’t experiernce breakthru symptoms anymore. Obviously speak it thru with ur pdoc. Maybe u are experiencing more stress and can learn some stress management techniques thru that time. Dunno what those breakthrough symptoms might be doing to your brain that’s why.
I remember experiencing restlessness too at the start but it did subside fortunately after a few weeks
That’s a great point-- the symptoms definitely pop up when experiencing something other than the usual routine (which happens somewhat often and can be stressful for sure). Especially happened over the holidays, but that’s a given, lol. Will look into stress management techniques and revisit some CBT as well.
Glad your restlessness went away after a few weeks-- gives me hope that it won’t last too long if it comes back.
Hello there. Did you manage to come off of antipsychotics like you said in another post?