If you will recall, son had been rapidly spiraling down into the abyss the last few months after he stopped taking his two major ap’s olanzapine and perphenazine. He was supposedly taking only 10 mg Abilify and it was not enough to keep him stable.
The Crisis Team came out on May 7 and as a result son was involuntarily committed. He spent a week in the hospital - I brought him home last Thursday. His pdoc, hospital pdoc and myself all agreed he needed his meds via monthly depot injection, so starting last Tuesday (6 days ago) he received his first shot of Invega Sustenna.
Son is completely on board with the injection – says he never liked taking/digesting the pills and feels the shot is less abusive to his organs and more effective on his brain. And wow, what a difference! He is sweeter, more like his old self, doing a few chores around the house, more talkative, being polite, etc. He thanked me for everything and he even gave my hand a “reiki” massage on the trip home from the hospital! And a few hugs and kisses thrown in too which was very nice.
On his previous hospital stays, son always had what I call a honeymoon period for about a week or two after discharge, then things would revert back to normal, so I have been cautiously optimistic. But I honestly think this time is different. This med is working wonders so far and I think he is really very happy to just be feeling better and really wants to prove himself. There is still work to do and we all went through hell getting him to the hospital, but I feel we are finally on the right path!
As a side note, I was shocked to learn the cost of an Invega Sustenna injection is approximately $1200! I did find a coupon on the mfgr’s (Jensen) website that after insurance brings our total cost for one shot down to $10 at CVS. If not for the coupon insurance would only pay 60% of the $1200. Coupon good for 14 injections, then I’m not sure what will happen after that, especially since son turns 26 in November and will no longer be on my insurance. Will cross that bridge when I come to it I guess.
Hope everyone is doing well.