Abilify
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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 …

Antipsychotic
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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 …

Bipolar
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Back From The Bin

“Check in with yourself and communicate when you think you’re starting to slide into a depression, mania or mixed state.”   I even preach that gospel on this blog. Sure, OK. It would have been great if I’d taken the advice. I spent a week cooling my jets in the hospital because I …

Bipolar
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F.D.A. Requires Cuts to Dosages of Ambien and Other Sleep Drugs – NYTimes.com

I am thankful I live in The Netherlands where this madness hasn’t caught on. Seriously, those who need regular sleep meds to manage their condition, have a  talk with your doc about concerns you have with changing doses. It may be a good idea for some, but for others it …

Bipolar
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Ketamine: Leading the Way Toward Fast-Acting Antidepressants

I realize it is too early but I will ask the question anyway: could this drug possibly be used to safely treat bipolar depression without inducing mania? http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/08/ketamine-leading-the-way-toward-fast-acting-antidepressants/

Abilify
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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
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Is There Now Evidence Withdrawal From Antipsychotics Can Induce Psychosis?

For those who aren’t regular readers of my blog, I have been struggling to quit Abilify – a powerful antipsychotic medication – without success.  This has been a frightening, long and drawn out process for me, since the withdrawal symptoms I’ve experienced every time I have tried to quit this …

Abilify
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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
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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 …

Abilify
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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 …

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