... schizoaffect disorder. They have him on Respirdal, vistril, zoloft and klonopin. He isn't sleeping at night, he kicks and can't keep still and his moods are still down. How long does it take on the medication before he should see some improvement? I was looking at a few of the other atypical anti-psychotic drugs that others take that have much better results. I don't want him to keep taking this drug regimen if it isn't working for him. The longer it takes gives him time to create reasons to be down and feel like he is never going to be right again. Thank you A worried Wife
The anti depressants are usually suggested to be tried for 4 to 6 weeks in order to say they are working or aren't. The Klonopin should work almost immediately. Please let his prescribing doctor know he is having this much of a reaction.I thought the vistaril was pretty quick acting too, maybe a few days, but of that I am NOt certain.
The antidepressants usually take anywhere from two to six weeks to kick in and it comes in gradually, not an overnight miracle in my experiences with them. I also take Risperdal, for over six years now. For me, my symptoms get so bad it doesn't really make auditory hallucinations actually go away but it lessens their intensity and helps me be calm so I can cope with voices better. I've never had any atypical antpsychotic make voices go away completely and a lot of people I know who have the same types of symptoms will tell you the same thing. Risperdal provides some relief and without it, I would be in the psych hospital 24-7 because my symptoms would get the better of me.
There is a really great group on Yahoo for schizoaffectives, and better than those groups is my favorite and most beneficial group called "voice-hearers". The people on that list are absolutely wonderful, we all have something in common that no one else can possibly understand unless they experience voices like we do. I suggest having your husband subscribe to the voice-hearer list and check it out. It really helps a lot to know there are people out there who care and who will give me support and encouragement in my daily life. My family is tired of hearing about my mental issues but the people on the list will listen to everything with empathy and offer support and answer some of my questions that no one else can answer.
Good luck with everything. Hang in there, I know what a toll this disease can take on the people who love us.
I suggest for you to read everything you can about it and check the yahoo groups for a support group for yourself as a loved one of a schizoaffective.
Please feel free to contact me for anything at all.
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