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Concern about boyfriends med mix Little Bird KK desolationrower

Posted by SLS on August 26, 2008, at 12:08:27

In reply to Re: Concern about boyfriends med mix, posted by desolationrower on August 26, 2008, at 11:42:29

> God, who would feel like doing anything on that much antipsychotics? That is giving me negative thoughts just thinking about it. The easiest thing would be reducing the dosages. How did he get on that much anyway? If he does need a sleep aid, one with antidepressant properties like mirtazapine would be preferable. Lithium would be the other thing i'd ask his doctor about.


I disagree.

For a schizophreniform illness, hubby is probably not taking enough antipsychotic, unless the goal of taking Seroquel is to remedy insomnia caused by Abilify. 30mg of Abilify is said to be the maximum for this drug, but that does not mean that it is doing the job. I guess we should ask for what reason the Seroquel was prescribed. 100mg is generally too low to be used as a treatment for bipolar disorder or for schizoaffective disorder.

Also, I think lithium is the wrong drug to start with where a mood stabilizer is called for. Unless we are looking at a classic bipolar I disorder, lithium would probably do little to prevent mania. On the other hand, Abilify might. There are just too many side effects and potential toxicity associated with lithium to try it first.

It might be the main concern of Little Bird KK that taking two antipsychotics is dangerous. It is not.


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Little Bird KK:

What is your main concern?

Is the illness being treated called schizoaffective disorder?

What is the role that Seroquel plays? Has it been prescribed for sleep only?


- Scott

 

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