As folk here probably know I’m on Risperdal Consta 25mgs. 10 months ago my depot nurse mentioned about switching to Paliperidone Xeplion. She’s yet to have it sanctioned by a pdoc.
Whether Xeplion is better is debatable. On the plus side it would mean 12 injections a year instead of 26. Who really likes jabs in the butt ? On the minus side I’ve only seen the depot nurse and a couple of stand in depot nurses since I’ve been here ,apart from seeing another nurse 2 times when I was first being introduced as a patient under this trust. Reducing injections would reduce contact and make me even more someone on autopilot .
It has to be said I am fairly stable with ongoing difficulties for which I am getting some support from a care agency and of course my stepdaughter etc. Nonetheless we all know that medications can stop being as effective. Having someone come in regularly means you are monitored regularly and potential signs of a deterioration/relapse picked up more quickly.