I haven’t been on in a while, but have checked in periodically. My husband was doing “ok” if there is such a thing, no severely psychotic episodes recently but some break through paranoia and I’m sure hallucinations though he doesn’t admit to or talk to the voices outloud. He was continually arguing about taking his medication, Risperdal and he took it twice daily along with an antidepressant, then because he was sleeping tooooo much, doc decided (and I was willing to try) a diff antidepressant and he was changed to Paroxatine a few months ago. He still argued about medications and my brother is a psychiatrist and suggested the Consta formula (injected every 2 weeks) so I didn’t have to have the daily arguement about meds, hoping that things would semi calm down with me complaining I was controllig his life. Note that my husband is fully denying that he has sz, that I have made everything up including the psychotic coma he spent three days in the hosptial for, the double suicide attempt and anything else he has been told that happened. About 4 to 4 1/2 weeks ago (about a week and a half before we started the injections) he was showing signs of a possible break so I was thrilled that he agreed to the injections. Note this is the same medication he is already taking orally. Doc is a gp not a pdoc because he refuses to see a pdoc or even a therapist so no therapy is in play at this point. He has continued to go downhill. We are now to the fact that in 5 days he has smoked 2 cartons of cigarettes, he barely is eating (when forced and not normal quantities), cannot carry out a normal routine chore at home, showering he does but can’t guarantee he has clean underware or clothing on because “what I have on isn’t dirty.” He hung up on one of his daughter’s tonight on the phone and she called me in tears because that is NOT his normal behavior. He just asked me if it was bedtime, I’m up later than normal because he is showing all of the signs he did the night he tried to kill himself the last time. He is literally sitting here waiting for me to go to bed. He has been getting up at 2 a.m. to smoke. He does still go to work which is good, but I talked to his boss and she has noticed the change in personality, behaviors etc as well. I told him that we needed to see the doctor tomorrow and he said blatently NO. I’ll see her at the next appointment, which is next week. I have tried to reason with him, but he won’t go. I did ask if he was hearing voices or if they had calmed down (he has never really admitted that he does hear them, but you can tell and he doesn’t deny them either) and he said “yeah I guess.” I’m wondering if since he stopped taking the oral med in the Risperdal when he started the shot if that has caused the issue to get worse, or if it is possible that this would have happened no matter what as part of his cycle so to speak. I know no one can probably tell me, I’m just trying to find understanding once again of something that literally cannot be understood. I’ve been near tears today and in tears. I just know that you all can understand the frustration and maybe give some insight on the medications. I’m still fairly new to this arena, considering he has been diagnosed about 18 months and still isn’t his “old” self. I know that will never happen again. But to get some of him back would be nice, but that’s not happened either. Two years ago we had one of our 5 daughters get married, I see those pictures and remember the fun we had at her wedding and wish we could go backwards. We have a new grandson, a grandson who is 9 who was going to visit this summer, but it isn’t looking like it will happen if hubby isn’t doing better AND another wedding come October for another daughter. I worry, feel bad that her daddy won’t be the daddy who walked her older sister down the isle and possibly won’t be able to walk her down the isle at all…so much has changed,
Sorry…just rambling. Main question is has anyone had experience with risperidol consta? Was this started incorrectly? I read lots of info on it before he started it and never once saw that the oral was supposed to be kept going with it for a while, but then today came across something that said it was. My brother couldn’t answer the question because he has never used /prescribed this specific medication. Thanks for listening to my rambles.