Catherine, did you see slow, steady improvements?
or was it up & down?
or no real results, then improvements?
The Invega shot my son is on is a struggle for me - and if he realized what was going on, it would be a struggle for him.
At my request, they supplemented his shot with 6 mg pills to start this month, then stopped them right before the shot gives out on him anyway. The doctor was so sure that because he got the shot in his glutes instead of his arm that it would work better.
Since we stopped then last Thursday, it's been a gradual decline and he has to go until next Monday to get the next shot.
He's went from barely mentioning his delusions & acting fairly normal except for his social anxiety to lots of pacing, laughing to himself often & pretty much talking about nothing but his delusions. He's up when I go to bed & up when I get up, but he says he's sleeping. I guess I'll spend a fairly sleepless night tonight trying to figure out if he's telling me the truth or not - not that I sleep well anyway.
It's only been 4 days & he has 7 to go .... I'll wait for 48 hours awake, then call them to see what they want to do.
His new case manager asked me if he had ever tried clozapine, so I guess that might be where they go next if the Invega is a no go.