Abilify in Court – July 2017 Update

It’s been five years since I wrote, Success! I’ve Quit Abilify.  Since then, the post has received over 3500 views.  And all told, views for posts (linked below) related to the BS I endured while taking Abilify total over 49,000. The struggle is real. I haven’t posted for over a …


Can Antipsychotics Induce Psychosis? – Round 2

I’ve meant to do a follow-up to my Is There Now Evidence Withdrawal From Antipsychotics Can Induce Psychosis? post for a while.  This is one of the most popular posts on Manic Muses, and this important subject deserves a regular revisit. So, thanks to Someone Else for leaving a comment on the …

Big Pharma

More Big Problems With Big Pharma: Clinical Trial Information Publication

Did you know that approximately half of all clinical trials conducted and completed are never published in academic journals and trials with positive results are twice as likely to be published as others? And: In 2007, a law was passed, saying all trials in the U.S. on currently available treatments must …


Success! I’ve Quit Abilify

It’s been a long and turbulent 10 month ride, but I am finally off Abilify. During past attempts to quit the med, which consisted of everything from cold-turkey at 5mg to a rapid taper down method, I was thrown into a mild psychosis.  Although I’d never presented any psychotic features …


Abilify Withdrawal – Round 3: Abilify Wins and Antipsychotic Dependence

Abilify wins. I put up a tough fight, but in the end, with serious commitments looming, I decided to surrender and let Abilify have this match. Titering down very slowly and using the every-other-day method really did work. I was down to 2.5mg every other day and had great results …


Abilify Withdrawal – Round 2

Vivien-1, Abilify-1. Here’s a brief update for all those interested in the trials and tribulations of attempting to quit Abilify.  (Round 1 was documented here.) The alternating-days-with-a high-and-then-a low-dose-to-titer-down approach is working its magic.  The lowering from 7.5mg to 5mg phase was successfully completed with no further orientation issues.  Balance …


Another Psychiatric Med Debacle: Glaxo Agrees to Pay $3 Billion in Fraud Settlement

Here we go again. In the largest settlement involving a pharmaceutical company, the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressants [Paxil, Wellbutrin, Avandia] for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a top diabetes …


Abilify Withdrawal – Round 1

Ding. After three of my Drs finally consulted together and deemed Abilify the evil, weight-gain drug I always knew it was, with my psychiatrist’s blessing I started to decrease my dose.  I thought about not writing about my withdrawal experience, but hopefully this post may provide to some a bit …


Abilify – the Culprit After All

Back to Square One. I’ve been thinking about whether to publish this post, because to me it sounds a lot like whining.  But, this is information about Triplepal (Oxcarbazepine) and thyroid T4 panel I would have found useful for keeping my balance during my med cocktail tightrope walk. This sounds …


Pedaling Into the Wind – Abilify and Weakness

What are our Drs always telling us?  Exercise is essential for a healthier mind.  OK.  My husband and I both got a new bicycle this past weekend.  Cycling.  That’s got to be good for you. So, we set out yesterday for our first real ride.  All we wanted to do …

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