Hi everyone! Sad day today as my son is experiencing side effects (headaches, breathing problems and choking) to the only medication that has helped him and is adamant about trying a new medication. According to the internet, these are serious side effects and could possible be a sign of overdosing, sigh! We have a doctor’s appointment on 9/8 to discuss titrating and implementing a long acting injectable. I’m super stressed because we all know the nightmare that’s coming our way. He has tried many medications previously - none worked well. He’s currently on 425mg of Clozapine - maybe this is too high. I know that we have to titrate slowly and maybe he won’t experience these side effects on a lower dose? Has anyone experienced these side effects? Is there a medication that can counteract these side effects?
Another question: It seems that the 2nd generation LAI have less EPS side effects than the 1st generation. So, that means there are only 4 medications that he can try: Abilify, Zyprexa, Invega and Risperdone. Looks like with Zyprexa you have to wait 3 hours for observation - not the most ideal and Risperdone is every 2 weeks - also not the most ideal. So, there are 2 to choose from, sigh! Does anyone have any preference over Invega or Abilify.
I hate this equation going on right now, but my son is very stressed with these side effects and I have to support him because they are serious. We are seeing yet another new doctor and you know what a nightmare that can be. So stressed, ugh!