Originally Posted by Speak Easy
An antipsychotic for what sounds like OCD? Ummm, I don't like the sound of it.
I definitely have OCD and SSRIs (Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Zoloft) never seemed to help with that nor any other problem. I've tried both Zyprexa & Abilify and they too are worse than taking nothing in my case.
Zyprexa is a drug I regularly rant about. My GP gave my Zyprexa for SA (as he's a member of The-Anything-But-A-Benzo club). At my first visit to him I weighed in at an obese 246 lbs (anything over 220 would be obese at 6'0"). I knew Zyprexa was infamous for causing weight gain and I immediately brought up the weight issue as he wrote a Zyprexa script as fast as humanly possible. Dr. Dumbass dismissed my concerns with "Not everyone gains weight on Zyprexa." Yeah, and not everyone who plays Russian Roulette ends up with bullet in their head either.
It's hard to imagine what twisted form of thinking is needed to give Zyprexa to a patient that already had high blood pressure due to obesity when other options were available. After I gained 25# in six weeks on Zyprexa and reported that it didn't make me feel better in any way he finally had to accept it wasn't the drug for me.
Dr. Dumbass is also responsible for giving me Abilify, again for SA. I took it for 3 months and it felt like taking a sugar pill (while Zyprexa made me feel drugged till I got used to it). Abilify allegedly doesn't cause weight gain. I would take issue with that allegation as I gained 30# over those 3 months. I had been losing weight prior to taking Abilify and as soon as I stopped Abilify my weight plateaued. I can't proved it caused the weight gain, but it sure would be one hell of a stunning coincidence if it didn't.
At this point I only take Xanax and have given up on trying to treat my OCD as none of the options available for OCD treatment seem acceptable. I know there is Anafranil (widely used for OCD before SSRIs came along). I've never tried it, but my experience with other TCAs suggests I wouldn't like another TCA.