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5 mg aripiprazole

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I'm on a maintenance dose of 5 mg aripiprazole per day. Given that this is a sub-optimal dose, would it be reasonable to try stopping it someday?
 
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Sorry if I've missed your posts explaining it but why did they put you on Aripiprazole?

I'm on 10mg to prevent psychosis even though I'm well now, seen too many people come off the drugs only to relapse so I'm staying on it.
 
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Sorry if I've missed your posts explaining it but why did they put you on Aripiprazole?

I'm on 10mg to prevent psychosis even though I'm well now, seen too many people come off the drugs only to relapse so I'm staying on it.
I was severely psychotic towards the end of 2017 following which I was hospitalized and started on 2 mg risperidone. The psychiatrists at the hospital wanted to increase the risperidone dosage, but I refused knowing the side-effects of antipsychotics.

In Jan 2019, I started seeing a new psychiatrist who felt that risperidone was causing me to have intrusive thoughts (ruminations). She felt that aripiprazole was a better option and started me on 5 mg per day. She even increased it to 10 mg per day a few weeks later but it made me drowsy all the time, so she reduced it back to 5 mg.

So, I've been stable on 5 mg for over 6 months now. Given that 15 mg is the usual maintenance dose, I'm wondering if my dose is really doing anything.
 
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In my personal opinion I'd have to say yes, it's doing you some good.

I've found even the lowest dose can prevent me from falling back into psychosis and mania, before I was prescribed anti-psychotics I took an herbal supplement for 43 days that did pretty much the same and reduced my Dopamine levels.

The supplement was only 80% effective compared to the 90-95% effectiveness of a proper anti-psychotic but was enough to bring me fully out of psychosis so again I believe yes even a starter dose of 5mg is enough to protect you from psychosis.

The question is are you ready to put that to the test? Personally I'm not and I've been on anti-psychotics for three years and it's been the same time since my last episode.
 
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I read enough on the subject to say that there are no supplements that can have any kind of anti-psychotic effect, at this moment we have only fga and sga and a lot of research with no clear results yet.
 
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The Apipazole, is an antipshycotic, and if you were placed on it pshycotic, I can't remember your oriignal post now, then no, I would not come off it. You have just commenced taking a maintenace dose of 5ml.

I am just wondering if you were just very tired, your self, and that it wasn't just your own tiredness so to speak, getting in the way, and not the 10ml dose.


I am on the oriignal brand Abilify, and I couldn't even manage, 5 10, 20 ml doses, for whatever the reason within, and therefore, from 2012, 25ml came along, and I haven't looked back, I might be tired this morning, at the moment, I have just not long completed a morning workout, a light workout and up from 5am. So I know, it is not the med!!

As I say,anything lower than 25ml, just didn't work. Allowing for the fact I'd been for 30 odd years travelling to our other country, for holidays, and speaking in louder American (oops, given the game away) talkative and laughing voices, I would even via overe there in home, suffer the consequences of a well, american nised Paranoia, now, Linus is aware what I am talking about, so I shan't delve deeper.

So once again, in answer to the question, to stop the 5 mins, my answer is no, this is an antipshycotic for mental health stablised in recovery. i would have a further debrief with your new pshychatrist, and let them decide, BetaMale, what is the best forwrd policy for you, you must must reduce or gradually ween off, not without medical mental health supervision, so I would ask her that question, if you could come off, it at some point, and I'll gurantee you that I'll be aware myself, what the answer would be.


You do sound well though on 5ml of Aripipazole.
 
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@natalie Thanks for your post. I'm currently tapering my lithium (at my psychiatrist's advice) and came down from 800 mg to 600 mg yesterday. I felt hypomanic for some time but it subsided. I intend to stop the lithium over the next few months.

As for the aripiprazole, I don't really like taking antipsychotics but I'm going to continue with 5 mg for the next few years at least. John Nash stopped taking antipsychotics at age 42; I'm 30 now and I'm going to use that as a guideline.
 
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Hi BetaMale,

I think what John Nash had done, must have come from within his own planning off own back, and not with medical supervison, as I say, to imply there are or can be terrible withdrawl symptons, if you are planning to ween off, f rom the med, this one Aripipazol, I wouldn't advise it though.

i hadn't got round to mentioning this before now, however do please have a read at our forum Physchatric Medications and Coming OFF Drugs, this gives pracitical advice and warning guidances about if one's to plan to suddenly or eventually ween off from the med.

By the way, the 800 of lithium, seems an awful large amount to me, even the 600 mg as well.


I'm glad to be aware that you don't like to take antipshycotics.


Best regards.
 
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