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badi1234 11-15-2008 08:38 AM

Therapy for schizophrenia!
Dear Sir/Madam,
My son is 21 years old and he has schizophrenia almost 4 and a half years. The symptoms were classical for this kind of illness: withdrawal from the society and surrounding, hallucinations, loss of appetite etc.
At the beginning my son was diagnosed from the top psychiatrists from our country that he has some kind of small form of schizophrenia. At one time period the condition got better, but after some intensive psychological effort (taking exams at the university) his condition got worse, and now, almost a year and a half his condition is going down the line.
At the beginning of his treatment he was taking Respiridon from 1 mg, and in time he came to the quantity of 4 mg of Risperidone with combination of Mendilex. But after the doctor saw that this treatment is not helping he subscribe him Olanzepin, pills that my son cannot stand it, so the doctor after this subscribe him Leponex witch he also cannot stand it, and after all this he came back again to Respiridon.
Because his condition got even worse: intensive hallucinations, talking with god, telepathy, etc, and smoking a big quantity of cigarettes on a daily base, self isolation, we were forced to hospitalize him for 2 months. At this institution, for therapy it was given to him a Respiridon, but at bigger dosage. After the doctor saw there was no effect from this drug he slowly transferred him to the drug Leponex, and now his therapy looks like this:

o In the morning: 75 mg Leponex + Loram;
o At the lunch: 50 mg Leponex + Loram;
o At the evening: 100 mg Leponex + Loram.

This therapy he is taking it at the moment and it gives humble results.
I think that the doctors are losing in this therapy circus and they donít know what kind of therapy to give to him, like nothing is helping.
These doctors are the most respected doctors at this area from my country, so i donít know who I can ask for help!
Please can you give me some advice?
Can the alternative medicine somehow help?
Thank you in advance.

dreams in neon 11-15-2008 04:43 PM

Re: Therapy for schizophrenia!
I'm sorry to hear that your son is suffering.

Have you thought about switching doctors? Perhaps a different pdoc (psychiatrist) would be willing to look at other treatment options as far as meds are concerned.

dreams in neon
Primary Diagnosis: Bipolar I with Psychotic Features - Rapid Cycling
Secondary Diagnosis: Schizoaffective Disorder - Bipolar Type

Kime 11-26-2008 07:00 PM

Re: Therapy for schizophrenia!
If you want to find alternative therapies then look up orthomolecular treatment of schizophrenia online. It involves taking vitamins, including large doses of niacin and vitamin C, checking for allergies, usually food allergies (some people get well just from avoiding milk or gluten), avoiding caffeine and sugar (good luck on getting him to cooperate on that one!), etc. We tried using alternative treatment with our son for a couple of years and saw some encouraging things, but then he got worse and we had to put him on meds which he was on for over 2 years. He was a lot better on the meds but not great. Right now we have started him on desiccated thyroid 10 weeks ago in addition to the vitamins and he went off his meds without our knowing about it 6 weeks ago and told us about it a couple of weeks ago. Since he is the best he has been since he got sick, with no symptoms, not even negative ones of schizophrenia but just some not too bad OCD symptoms, we told him that he can continue off his meds until if and when he starts having symptoms of schizophrenia again. My own opinion is that everyone should try alternative treatment, at least the vitamins, even if they continue on meds forever because someone with schizophrenia needs all the help they can get. (Our son is 21 years old, and has been sick for the same amount of time as your son. )

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