I found this forum a few weeks ago, almost by accident. One reading some of the posts, I decided to register myself straight away and join in. For the record, my wife has paranoid schizophrenia (has done for 15+ years), but has no insight into her illness at all. She currently takes clozapine, or clozaril - we’re in the UK, not sure if it has different names/brands elsewhere - we were told when so started taking it that is was the best drug available for someone like her.
Well, she definitely isn’t getting any better, if anything she is worse, and I have just about given up on her - we pretty much lead seperate lives anyway - me doing everything whilst she sleeps or talks to her “imaginary friends”…
So, to get to the point, a poster mentioned in the thread that I posted in about niacin and how it was working wonders for her son. She recommended a book - “Niacin: The Real Story”, which I bought and have started reading.
I’ve only got 30 or so pages in, but clearly the author is 100% sure that niacin is the answer to all our problems, and of course I really, REALLY want to believe that, but even on this site under the ‘Vitamins for Schizophrenia’ section is says about niacin:
“Once thought to manage schizophrenia, this claim has since been questioned.”
So, does anyone have any positive stories about niacin? If it does work, why isn’t it being shouted from the rooftops? Why don’t mental health professionals know about it? Have drug companies managed to persuade everyone that it doesn’t work and to buy their expensive drugs instead???
I guess it must just be another false dawn, anyone offer me any hope?