I would like to communicate with other husbands that are taking care of their wife. My wife is Mexican & I'm american. My wife has had Schizophrenia for about 19yrs. Before her & I got married she was not taking her medication. I didn't know at first that she was mentaly ill because she speaks Espanol & I thought that she was just talking about normal things. Now I know that what she was talking about was not normal. I was able to get her to her psychiatrist & He was able to get her on Risperidone 1mg. at bed time. Before her Dr prescribe Zyprexa 2.2mg but she wouldn't take it. From what I see from the way she is now she is about 90% better than before. She seem more high functional than other people that I've seen on most of the Youtube videos about persons with Schizophrenia. I would like to know how other family members are doing on Resperidone & at what dose? The 2 major side effects that she has had with resperidone are gaining weight & lactation. She informed me that she is not hearing any voices & she has not been aggressiveness towards me. Please send me a message about your experience. Thank you.
WOW! First of all, let me commend you for staying in your marriage! Most people would have given up in your situation. I think it is very noble of you and speaks volumes for your love of her to stay commited and help her. I worked in a psych hospital for 10 years and have seen many cases of schizophrenia. Our doctors used Zyprexa a lot and it worked well, I'm pretty sure your wife didn't like it because it tastes disgusting (judging by what I have been told) and it makes a person VERY sleepy. If the respiridone is working for her, it would be very hard to convince a doctor to change her. However, if the side-effects are too great of a problem, you might be able to convince her to try Zyprexa-Zydis... it works just as well as Zyprexa but it comes in a melt that you put under your tongue and it has a lemon flavor. Again, however, if what she's taking has done so well for her, it might be just as well to continue taking that. As for talking to other spouses who have or are dealing with this problem, I'd suggest asking her doctor if he/she knows of any support groups for schizophrenia where you live. They are quite common and the hospital where I worked had support groups for family members who are dealing with just about all types of mental illnesses. Ihope this helps and I hope you find the support that you are seeking. Again, it is good to hear a story like yours. Mental illness tears enough lives apart and it is good to see when people rise above it and make the best out of things that they can. Thank you for sharing your story here.
I am a mother of a 24 y/old, however would like to share. She has had a disability since birth, diagnosed as schizophrenic/bipolar/depression @16, with hearing loss. Hospitalized 3xfor manic episodes. Has been on massive doses of zyprexa/resperdal consta/ just changed to serequel/xr. With weight gain, check for diabetes, cholesterole, blood pressure,hormone levels, should be checked 6 monthly. On changing to serequel we are hoping lactation will ease,mastitis is a concern ATM.
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