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Saturday, September 06, 2008 Holly Hope, Community Member, asks

Q: please ..she used zyprexa, seroquel, and now she is using abilify, but ..the voices don't stop..why

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Robin Cunningham, Health Guide
9/ 6/08 12:30pm

 

Hi Holly Hope:

 

Everyone's brain is unigue.  Some medicines work for some people and not for others.  And visa versa.  It also takes time for most medications to take effect.  Add to this the fact that it often takes more than one kind of medication to do the trick.

 

It took me 10 years to find the very best combination of medicines.  However, my condition improved dramatically over this period.

 

What I'm trying to say is that it may take some time, but she may improve as you search for the best combination of medicines.

 

Your own name gives the best advise - Holly Hope.  Stick with it.

 

Robin

 

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jones, Community Member
9/ 7/08 12:41pm

Dear friend, I have an answer for this.

there are 2 schiezo patients in my family.

One after the other they talk crually some time even beats and breaks/ distroying any thing. They wont take medicines regularly.

since 10 yrs we are coping with our mother and 4 yrs with our 20yr old sister.

keep on creating positive situations around them. do not loose hope. be creative and praise God.

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jones, Community Member
9/ 7/08 12:43pm

Dear friend, I have an answer for this.

there are 2 schiezo patients in my family.

One after the other they talk crually some time even beats and breaks/ distroying any thing. They wont take medicines regularly.

since 18 yrs we are coping with our mother and 4 yrs with our 20yr old sister.

keep on creating positive situations around them. do not loose hope. be creative and praise God.

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
9/ 8/08 8:24am

Hi Holly Hope,

 

The best thing your sister can do is to take the medication every day, as prescribed, even if the voices haven't gone away, and work with her doctor to keep trying new medications as the drugs hit the market.

 

She may not have immediate relief now from the voices, but the medication is indeed acting to protect the functionality of her brain.  It would be a lot worse, trust me, if she weren't on medication.

 

The key is for her to take the medication every day, as prescribed.   The failture to do this, or the act of skipping doses or only taking it when she feels like it, will result in a less positive outcome.  I'm not saying I think she skips doses, I'm just relaying what a psychiatrist named as the culprit in a lot of situations where parents or family members claim "the drug doesn't work."

 

Your sister has to be honest with her treatment team if this is the case.

 

On the other hand, if you're certain she's taking the meds faithfully, understand that, like Robin Cunningham said, it could take a number of trials to find the right drug, or combination of drugs, that works to relieve the voices.

 

There is hope as long as your sister stays in treatment.

 

Again, I wish her the best.

 

Regards,

cb

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lisa_b, Community Member
8/ 3/09 10:40am

I truly feel for you, my son has been through several medicines and the voices have not gone away. but after being on a regular schedule, he is more able to control his responses to the voices. His mind is getting better at sorting out the realities from the dillusions. he does have good days and bad days, but a few years ago, he only had bad days. be strong and patient, and do whatever you need to do to keep her on a schedule with her meds. I wish I had the answers to help others understand what is going on in their minds and how to reach them, but like you, i am lost and can only work with him with the best of my capabilities. on thing I found that helps, is that when my son sees his psychiatrist, i always send a letter to him letting him know what I see and how I see the meds working, and of any changes or of no changes in personality. and good luck

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crazy C, Community Member
8/21/09 5:08pm

If she ever used coke she she could benifit 4m benadryl. meth? take risperdol. Risperdol only if she used meth for 6 months or more. A good dose of zyprexa and talking about her feelings w/ someone she knows well. And just something to keep her occupied. get her to stop thinking about feeling bad with good things trips friends other people with her experience but they need to be cool too. Therapy. No coffee, no beer. Seroquel is Zyprexa. Zyprexa and abilify should do the trick. Smoking cigs flushes out zyprexa and like meds. Check online or Dr. how long it takes Zyprexa and abilify to reach theraputic levels in her blood. Feel better holly hope:-)

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crazy C, Community Member
8/21/09 5:22pm

If she ever used coke she she could benifit 4m benadryl. meth? take risperdol. Risperdol only if she used meth for 6 months or more.Or if she used meth while mentally ill. A good dose of zyprexa and talking about her feelings w/ someone she knows well. And just something to keep her occupied. get her to stop thinking about feeling bad with good things trips friends other people with her experience but they need to be cool too. Therapy. No coffee, no beer. Seroquel is Zyprexa. Zyprexa and abilify should do the trick. Smoking cigs flushes out zyprexa and like meds. Check online or Dr. how long it takes Zyprexa and abilify to reach theraputic levels in her blood. Feel better holly hope:-)

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
8/22/09 10:28pm

Hello everyone,

 

Seroquel and Zyprexa are two different drugs.

 

Please community members refrain from suggesting what drug a person should take.  The drug you are on may not have the same effect for another person as it has for you.

 

We are not doctors here and need to be aware that we cannot give medical advice.

 

Regards,

Christina

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