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Update - Voices, Sertraline and Risperidone

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Hi all,

I thought I'd provide some light at the end of the tunnel for those who suffer from voices.

I was diagnosed about 2 years ago, since then I'v been on Sertraline and Risperidone. I came off Risperidone for a couple of months when lockdown ended last year and I suffered greatly, this led to being put back on Risperidone. I feel since Risperidone the voices and irratic/irritable behaviour has lessed massively I am on 2mg atm but I want to make a point....The voices are still there, I found that if you can identify the triggers you are more likely able to shut these out of your life and this goes along way in your recovery. I am still finding triggers today and voices telling me to kill and how to kill people and pets BUT it's less.

Two tips, again I am not a psych so consult your psych first. I have tried taking Risperidone at night, I no longer sleep in the afternoon anymore and don't feel tired, makes a change!

I was paranoid, the tablets were making me gain weight, technically this is true as it increases your hunger. In this instance, I did a very short course on nutrition and got some nutrition software to workout essentially what my TEE (Total Energy Expenditure) was and to lose weight what calories did I need to lower to. In the last 2 months rather than blaming the meds, I tried this and have lost 8kg so far, so it shows (unless you have other factors) that even without exercise a really regulated diet goes along way. Of course exercise is a bonus.

I still have ED unfortunately and my sex drive is pretty much non existant but I find it abit of a gift at the same time because sex doesn't cloud my thinking as it did once. I can focus on other aspects of life.

Voices are still here but less, they want me to harm people, tell me how to harm people and tell me to extremist stuff like binge alcohol and smoke (I do neither now). Life with full time employment is still very hard, my work is understanding but I don't like taking it for granted.

I will say voices are triggered sometimes by things in work and you need to work on these, I have tried and sometimes it's about giving yourself a day off or breaking things down into bitesize chunks.

I hope this helps give ABIT of light at the end of the tunnel and I appreciate everyone is different, I am still struggling, I have had my sertraline increased to 200mg so it's not all sunshine and rainbows for me, I just would like to impart some even a tiny bit of light in a very dark place.

Damian
 
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Hi Damian --
I have been on Resperidone and more recently been on a newer drug called Aripiprazole -- This one in my own personal opinion has been much more effective. Speak to your psych about it.
 
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Like wellness I've also been on Respiridone and am now on Aripiprazole - it helps (a bit) and is more effective than Respiridone, but the voices are still there especially when I am tired or stressed.

If the ED and sex drive is bothering you, ask your doctor about Testogel - it increases the level of testostorne, thereby increasing sex drive, and viagra would help with ED.
 
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Like wellness I've also been on Respiridone and am now on Aripiprazole - it helps (a bit) and is more effective than Respiridone, but the voices are still there especially when I am tired or stressed.

If the ED and sex drive is bothering you, ask your doctor about Testogel - it increases the level of testostorne, thereby increasing sex drive, and viagra would help with ED.
I'm on both Aripiprazole 10mg and Risperidone 4mg but I have a really bad voice, the dosages have been fine tuned by my prescribing doctor so I experience the fewest side effects and the fewest symptoms of my condition.

I wouldn't say I have ED but things aren't 100%, I contacted my local online chemist and put all my medical history into their system including the two anti-psychotics and they said because of the Risperidone I couldn't have Viagra (Sildenafil) but they did recommend an alternative that I can't recall the name of, Tadalafil rings a bell though.
 
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Thanks folks for your views ... I just wanted to share another remedy I have for these bloody Voices. Atleast, the ones I have demonstrate periodic Chronic activity and I spoke to my GP about it and for the times when these Voices go really chronic he as me to take a short acting drug called Lorazepam... it really subdues and sedates these Voices back to their ground state.
Though this drug is not meant to be taken continuously like the others.
 
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