Saturday, May 13, 2006

OK... yesterday - after leaving a somewhat scathing blog about my building resentment and pent-up anger - I began to get all sorts of freaked out. My anxiety was climbing and the pressure I feel when I get anxious was building. One Ativan, two Ativan. Nothing. I need more. Three Ativan, four Ativan, one Vicodin... anxiety no more. I'm sure that was the wrong thing to do, taking Vicodin, but as I held ten more Ativan in the palm of my hand and prepared to insert them under my tongue, I remembered I still had some left over oral surgery Vicodin and how calm it made me feel.
Weighing the balance, I THINK I did the right thing. Then again, I don't possess a degree in either pharmacology or psychiatry. Nonetheless, I've told my wife what I did, and on Monday I will be telling my head doc much the same and more.
That said...
I started my new/replacement med last night: Abilify. Here's what the product info has to say about this drug.
Aripiprazole is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia). Aripiprazole is known as an antipsychotic (atypical type). It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters). This medication can decrease hallucinations and improve your concentration. It helps you to think more clearly and positively about yourself, feel less nervous, and take a more active part in everyday life. Aripiprazole can treat severe mood swings and prevent or decrease how often mood swings occur.

4 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

Let me know how this goes because my martini of depakote and wellbutrin isn't ringing the bell.

And watch that vicodin, man. As Frodo says to Aragorn, "Short cuts make long delays."

2:54 PM  
Blogger [sic] said...

Well, then, read today's post to learn about more short cuts.

6:04 PM  
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