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Thinking about getting off med again

Last time I got off I went five months before I needed meds again. I was drinking alchohol on a regular basis so that could be why I went crazy. I don’t want to end up homeless again but this seems to be the doctors suggestion for how to get rid of the negative symptoms is to reduce the dose. Last time I reduced the dose I got a little crazy but I was also starting Strattera at the time. Is my best key to having a quality of life quitting meds again? Last time I ended up in the hospital but both the doctor and nurse seemed more interested that I was able to get off meds before rather than that I went crazy eventually. I tried Minocycline, sarcosine, so far they didn’t work. I have yet to try Wellbutrin or modafanil.

I wish I could get off my med’s, but that has never worked for me. Try not to burn any bridges if you start to lose it. You don’t want to end up stuck out on the street.

Hey cactustomato - Whenever changing or adjusting meds, you want to do so safely under the supervision of your doctor. Talk with your doctor about any side effects or symptoms you’re having. Write it all down. Have a conversation with them about your desire to explore different options and explain what you have tried and has/ hasn’t worked in the past.

You might also consider asking some of these questions during the convo to pick the next treatment. These are from PsychCentral.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor
What is the name of the medication, and what is it supposed to do?
How long before you expect to see results?
What kind of track record in terms of effectiveness does this medication have?
What are the primary short-term side effects of this medication?
Does this medication have any long-term side effects that I should be aware of, such as diabetes, sexual side effects, or weight gain?
Are there ways to minimize these side effects?
How and when do I take it, and when do I stop taking it?
What foods, drinks, or other medications should I avoid while taking the prescribed medication?
Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach?
How do you monitor this medication?
Are there specific tests you run to help monitor this medication?
What are you prescribing this particular medication over a similar medication?
How will we know when it’s time to stop taking this medication, or if the dose will need to be changed?
Is it safe for me to continue taking aspirin, Advil, vitamin and/or herbal supplements when taking this medication?
Is there something specific I should avoid?
Is a generic version of this medication available?
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?
Take it immediately when I remember, or wait until my next regularly scheduled dose?