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Allergic to atypical antipsychotics; what to do??

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  • Posted By: liquid_in_fl
  • March 5, 2010
  • 09:04 PM

I'm female, 35 years old, living in Florida. I was misdiagnosed with schizoaffective disorder back in 2003. Most recently, I was told that I'm not shizoaffective. In fact, I have atypical psychosis. The problem with this scenario is that psychiatrists like to treat it with the same meds as you treat schizophrenia with.

Back in 2003, I began taking Risperdal. I was on that for 3 years till I started developing really weird movements in my mouth. So then, the doctor puts me on Abilify. I was on extremely high doses (30MG) of Abilify for 2 1/2 years. About a little over a year ago, I started having really bad eye twitching that were pretty excessive. I treated it with accupuncture, which the accupuncturist told me to get off the meds to see if it will make the excessive twitching completely disappear -- it did. The problem is because I got off my meds, I ended up back in the hospital last year and was horrified of being in a psych ward with psychos for 8 days. So, I got back on Abilify, except this time, I went down to 15 MG. I did this with hopes of the twitching subsiding. Well, it didn't.

So a month ago, I switched doctors. The doctor I see now analyzed me and said I was way too high functioning to be shizoaffective. He said I'm atypical psychosis. He offered to put me on Seroquil, but because that causes diabetes, I opted not to take it. Instead, he told me about a fairly new drug called Fanapt. He said he'll test it on me for a few weeks and see how I respond. I've been taking Fanapt for 3 weeks and unfortunately, it's affected my vision. I still suffer from the eye twitching AND my vision is blurry/double vision. I contacted my doctor to advise, but I'm still waiting to hear back.

What options do I have to treat paranoia if I keep having all these horrible side effects/allergies from atypical antipsychotics?? Please help?

-Liquid in FL

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