Welcome to the Board. It's good to have you. I hope we can help you, although we are a bipolar board. You don't mention bipolar in your post, only schizophrenia -- but given the lithium I'm going to guess your wife's suffering from both.
I can appreciate not liking your doctor. If you page through the previous posts here on our discussion forums, you'll see dozens of posts by people who are frustrated with their psychiatrists. Nonetheless, yanking your wife off of her drugs is VERY dangerous and you are likely to make things much worse than they already are. Here's how one site put it:"Can I Stop Talking Lithium Suddenly?
Absolutely not! It is very unwise and risky to stop taking lithium suddenly, even if you feel better. Recent studies have shown that if you are taking lithium for bipolar disorder and stop it suddenly (ie over 1 to 14 days) you have a 1 in 2 (50%) chance of becoming ill again within six months and a 90% chance of becoming ill again within 3 years. If you need to stop lithium, it should be gradually over at least four weeks, preferably longer i.e. 3-6 months The dose should be decreased gradually during this time to minimise possible problems. You've got a lot to lose if you stop lithium too quickly."
Your wife wasn't on a huge amount of lithium, however, that is an ENORMOUS amount of seroquel, and I definitely wouldn't try and stop that. You'll quite likely bring on an intense episode. If she were in the hospital, that would be one thing... Instead, I'd take Sukay's recommendation, get a new doc ASAP. Leave the drugs be until you get the second doctor lined up. There's a reason psychiatrists get paid for what they do: most of them come equipped with an incredible amount of education and experience. Use them as a resource-- don't fight it.
My sympathies are definitely with you, and especially your wife. It's no fun to suffer that extreme discomfort and sorrow. I hope you both find a good doc soon. Again, welcome to the site. I hope we can offer some good conversation and companionship.
SerafenaCo-Moderator, Bipolar ForumIt is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare
Post Edited (serafena) : 10/25/2007 12:06:49 AM (GMT-6)