Ocular Gyration

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allie1644
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 5/24/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, sorry i haven't written in here for a while; I have been super busy.
 
Okay, on to the serious stuff. about two weeks ago I was at my friend's funeral and I noticed that my eyes were acting weird. I couldn't look straight or downwards and my eyes would go right back up to the ceiling. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't do it. I thought it was a one time thing and then last friday it happened again. I talked to my doctor and she said it was Ocular Gyration; a serious side effect from my abilify.
 
Anyone ever experienced this? Does anything think that they know a trigger to what might be causing this?
 
It happened both times when I was hanging out with a boy... but I think that is a coincidence.
"Stability is a place bipolar people only visit"
 
Bipolar II, rapid cycler, severe depression/hypomania, severe anxiety, and lifesaver- Shadley's Titan, nine-year-old reg. Quarter Horse Gelding.
 
Past: Depakote, Lexapro
Current: Lamictal, Abilify, Buspirome, Minocycline, omega 3, probiotics
 
 


bdr1
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 5/24/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Alli --

Unfortunately this is a known side effect with aripiprazole. This type of adverse event falls within the realm of an extrapyramidal side effect. If severe -- you might discuss changing anti-psychotics to one with a lower EPS risk (such as Seroquel) or adding Cogentin (this usually will clear it up). Obviously -- just something to consider....

Hope this helps!

best,
ckgMD

allie1644
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 5/24/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah we got cogentin to see if it helps any. Hopefully we don't have to switch meds!
"Stability is a place bipolar people only visit"
 
Bipolar II, rapid cycler, severe depression/hypomania, severe anxiety, and lifesaver- Shadley's Titan, nine-year-old reg. Quarter Horse Gelding.
 
Past: Depakote, Lexapro
Current: Lamictal, Abilify, Buspirome, Minocycline, omega 3, probiotics
 
 

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