My doctor put me on Abilify (Aripiprazole) major tranquiliser about 2 months ago, and at first I was given 5mg daily, then as it seemed to be doing me some good I asked him to increase it, so he put it up to 10mg daily, then I saw him about a week later in outpatients clinic, and he wanted to increase it to 15mg, saying that he wanted me to end up on 20mg.
After it was increased to 15mg I started to notice some feelings of restlessness in my legs, and a desire to eat (even though I wasn't hungry), I also noticed that I was feeling so drowsy in the evening that very often I would almost nod off on my settee. I also found it difficult to talk to people, and although I haven't been eating that much I've been putting on weight.
My emotions felt really flat and 'zombie like' and I found it very hard to get up in the morning.
The restlessness has developed into a kind of dull pain in my legs which makes me feel really uncomfortable and ill when I'm out. Not surprisingly I've considered stopping taking them.
I spoke to my councillor about coming off them today and she wanted me to speak with the psychiatrist first because she was worried about the possible consequences of just stopping them.
Although the doctor was normally around, he wasn't at his desk so a message was left with the receptionist to ask him to call me on my mobile some time that day, and by 3-30pm he still hadn't, so I phoned the receptionist again who told me that she "couldn't speak for the doctor" and when I asked why he hadn't phoned she said he was busy seeing patients. I asked her why he hadn't phoned and she said she would email the doctor but again, couldn't speak for him.
He never phoned me so I'm asking myself why, and thinking that it's not surprising that so many problems occur to people who see psychiatrists, but I'm going to stay off the medication now because it's making me ill, and was wondering if anyone knows whether I'll be ok to just come off the anti-psychotic or whether I should cut down slowly?
I'm not a danger to myself without these drugs, but I was just wondering if anyone has already had experiences with coming off antipsychotics like that?
I'm also taking citalopram, anti depressant but I found those ok.