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Schizoaffective Disorder and Meds

Updated on August 10, 2017

Schizoaffective Disorder and Meds

My diagnosis has been changed from Bipolar 1 to Schizoaffective Disorder. The difference is that I can be psychotic regardless of mood.

Currently I am taking Abilify, and Trazodone as needed for sleep. Other meds I have taken (antipsychotics) are Olanzapine, Seroquel, Invega, Risperidone, Haldol and Latuda. These other meds didn't work for me for various reasons.

Haldol was the worst. It gave me severe akathesia. This is a strange form of inner restlessness that doesn't let up for hours. In fact, it was continuous unless I was sleeping. I would pace around all day, I couldn't sit still or even stand in one place for more than a few minutes. It as a horrible experience. Luckily I changed meds within a couple of weeks. Haldol was the first antipsychotic I tried, that they gave me in the hospital during my first psychotic break. It definitely works though, and quickly. It's also cheap, which is probably one of the main reason that it's the med of choice at hospitals.

Any antipsychotic can give you akathesia, but luckily none of the other meds I've taken have caused it for me. I've had various other reasons for quitting and changing meds. For instance, Latuda made me spacey and confused. Risperidone simply didn't work for me, although I may not have taken it long enough for it to start working. Invega stopped working for me too, but I may have been on too low of a dosage. Luckily, there are many antipsychotics to try.

So far, Abilify has been working fine for me, with no side effects that I can see. I did take it briefly one other time, but stopped taking it because I thought I was fine without them. So I was nutty off meds for about three years. In other words, if you have Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or other psychotic illness, take your meds. That's my simple advice for the mentally ill. I know too many who think they are better off meds, and they really aren't.

Other meds I have taken are Valium ( for anxiety and insomnia), and Ativan (for anxiety and anxiety attacks). Currently I don't take anxiety meds. Both Ativan and Valium are addictive, and not meant to be taken for long term. Unfortunately there are no meds for anxiety that can be taken on a regular basis, that I know of. So I kind of just have to deal with it. Luckily my insomnia is not too bad right now, but sometimes it does get bad. And there's nothing I can really do about either issue.

This has been my run-down of my meds to date.

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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      13 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I have a daughter with schizzo-affective disorder. She has been through many of the medications listed here, but Olanzapine seems to work the best for her. The side affect has been that her hormones are out of whack. She ended up going to a gynecologist to have surgery as we couldn't seem to resolve both problems at the same time.

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