The New Psych has Changed my Meds

My monthly Flupentixol depot injection 40mg

This morning (Monday 13th January) I had an appointment with the psychiatrist. My last apt. was in September 2019. This doctor, I will refer to her as Dr K, is new to me -today was our first meeting, she seems nice; on the ball/organised -which is what you want in a psychiatrist.

I was due to have my monthly depot injection (a slow release antipsychotic drug injected into the muscle just above your bum cheek) tomorrow, but seeing as I was at the clinic anyway I asked if someone could administer my Flupentixol a day early, which a busy nurse kindly did for me. Then it was in to see Dr K.

My Mom sat patiently in the waiting room, she doesn’t usually come to appointments with me, but unfortunately Mom had to experience one of my ‘meltdowns’ first hand on Boxing Day… plus, with Mom being there it gave me the option to invite her into the room to give her eye witness account of the Christmas breakdown (should I not be listened to or taken seriously). Thankfully Dr K seemed competent and good at her job, so there was no need to bring my Mom in.

I got straight to the point and spoke openly and honestly about how I have been over the past 4 months (at least that which I could remember). When you’ve seen as many psychiatrists and therapists as I have, for as long as I have (15 years), you accidentally become accustomed to spilling your deepest and darkest secrets at the drop of a hat. The filter disappears, so you have to be very careful that you don’t trust the wrong people with the wrong information… anyway, we spoke mainly about my violent angry outbursts/mood swings – apparently this has to do with my ADHD.

My medication was adjusted, I’m to continue with my monthly depot injection, but stop taking my daily 10mg of Aripiprazole (another antipsychotic drug). My ADHD medication, Elvanse, will be increased from 30mg to 50mg, first thing in the morning, and I’m to take my 60mg Fluoxetine (Prozac an antidepressant medication) at the same time -I’ve always taken it at night before bed. My sleep, moods, and concentration/focus should all improve…

We’ll have to wait and see what happens!

2 thoughts on “The New Psych has Changed my Meds

    1. Hi Emma, in the past (when I first started the depot injections) I did get the impression that towards the end of a dose, before my next injection, the effects of the medication would start to wear off – but I was reassured by my CMHT that it doesn’t work like that. Now I don’t really notice any difference, maybe a few minor side effects for a day or two after the injection, but that’s about it. As long as it’s administered correctly it should last the duration.

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