Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Weaning off Abilify

I have weaned Andy off the Abilify. At one point, he was taking 5ml a day. It didn't seem to help much. He still has outbursts, whether he is on it or not, so I am taking him off.

I decreased him by .5ml each week. It took ten weeks. He had constipation several times during the weaning process. The main change I've noticed is that he is not as sleepy. Some days he does not want to take naps, but he will lay in bed for a quiet period though. The first night he was totally off Abilify, he did not go to bed until 1am. He did take a late nap on this day though. His body is slowly adjusting back to his regular sleep schedule.

I believe he is just getting older, and this is the main reason he isn't napping as much anymore. My feeling was to see how Andy's behavior is without Abilify, because I think he is just irritable Andy no matter what we do. He has happy times, and outburst times. During the outbursts, he is put in his bed, which he can't get out of, until he calms down. He cannot get out of his bed, because he still cannot sit up on his own. He can only roll around, and pull himself with his arms, like army crawling.

I have started up the orange flavored fish oil again. Once a day, he gets it with yogurt or ice cream. He's been getting it for about a week. I use the Omega-3 squeeze packs for him. Since the medication has been removed he seems a bit more alert. He is still on Trileptal for a "calming effect". I am going to start weaning this as well, after I talk to his nurse practitioner.

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