I ran out last Tuesday. Didn't have enough left for a "tapering off," so basically, I have gone cold turkey off Abilify. I would not recommend this to my worst frenemy. I'd rather have the flu and oral surgery instead of this. At least then I could get some relief, and some sleep.
Here is a pretty good list of my symptoms that I have every day.
- · headache, (this was worse in the very beginning – migraine worse)
- · nausea,
- · shakiness,
- · sweats,
- · acid stomach when empty with constant belching,
- · sleepiness to the point of falling asleep at the breakfast table,
- · the stares,
- · nighttime sleep disturbances (wake multiple times, and/or wakefulness),
- · worsening of agoraphobia,
- · can't move,
- · can't read or watch TV,
- · confused,
- · can't think straight,
- · general feeling of malaise that comes in powerful waves,
- · mind wanders,
- · forgetfulness,
- · can't focus,
- · Can’t do simple everyday things. For example. I let a melon go bad because I couldn't deal with cutting it up.
- · Overcoming my everyday obstacles just go 10 times harder.
- · My stomach hurts.
- · My vision blurs.
- · Can't get enough to drink.
- · Tick with my lips and tongue causing blisters-can't stop it.
- · Extreme time loss.
- · dizziness.
- · Start to do something, then feels like I get hit by something. I feel very sick and I’m unable to move in any direction. Panic component.
- · Desperate need to not be where I am – but not knowing where I need to be.
One of the websites I consulted late the other night recommended an inpatient approach to Abilify withdrawal. It really sounded tempting to be done with it in 7 days vs. a possible 90. However, as you all know, the stigma of an inpatient psychiatric stay will follow you all of your life. My Psych is out of the office for 2 weeks, so I can't consult with him about this. I guess I'm going to have to see my GP. I need something for the nausea at least.
Well, soldier on my comrades, I'll keep you posted on the inside scoop regarding Abilify withdrawal. And, we'll move on to other topics like the correlation between bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.