I'm not sure if it's the Abilify or not... I'd been taking it for over a month, and all of a sudden stuff starts popping up. I should also mention I have flares of some sort of 'immune dysfunction' (doc's non-specific, non-helpful diagnosis), so it may be that? I'm also running an odd low-grade fever. Nice.
I am dry. Dry dry dry. My eyes BURN. My mouth is sticky. Every part of my body is DRY. I'm drinking all the time. Almost to the point of ridiculousness.
Anyone have any clue if this is even possibly Abilify? I didn't see the whole body drying out (haha) on the insert, but maybe someone else has had it happen...
I should mention I haven't had a single side effect from day 1 on Abilify. Nothing.
I do know that all antipsychotics can cause anti-cholinergic side effects which are typically blurred vision, dry mouth and sometimes trouble urinating so you could speak to your psychiatrist about that as one potential cause.
I'm starting on 1 mg per day, for a week, then up to 2 mg, then 5 if it seems to be helping me. I'm optimistic, antidepressants have done nothing for me. I'm on Lamictal as well but nothing seems to change my depressed lethargic moods.
Day 3 and so far so good. I've had fatigue, stomach pain, and a watering mouth but I am feeling much more stable, happy even. I hope this works, I was about to give up on any medication being able to help my depression and rapidly changing major mood swings.
I feel so tired today that I've been trying to think of a reason to go home since 10 am!
My psychiatrist does not believe that my issues are from the Abilify.
She is having me stop it for one week to see if my problems go away - but she expects that it will not. She thinks I have immune problems (not the first doctor to say that. It's always 'immune dysfunction' or MS... not my favorite responses). I now have to figure out how to pay for the barrage of blood work she wants a GP to do. UGH.
In fact, she wants to increase it if the issues don't go away.
I can tell you that I cut my dose in 1/2 today and my eyes are still burning and I'm dry as the desert... my low grade fever is still coming and going...
So - don't worry about these issues. Apparently either I am a freak of nature and am having a bizarre reaction or (almost sure) I'm breaking again. It just happens once a year or so.
Actually my eyes have been a little dry too, but i wear contacts so I'm used to it. It's almost like my vision is blurry until I blink a couple of times. Weird... but I'm feeling so much more stable than usual! I've been able to brush off my a##hole boss all week without letting him get to me!
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