Good Morning CatMan,
I don't know a lot about this drug either other then it seems to be supplied as a transdermal patch. If your wife is on Cymbalta and now adding Abilify I would wonder if her P-doc has looked at Remeron as it is considered one of the big guns used for depression that is resistant to other ADs?
I am not a professional so these are just my own thoughts. I do hope someone has some info for you.
I agree with you......advice and comment from people who actually take the meds is a whole different thing than what you might hear at the doc's office.
Re: my supplements, I used to take hypericum to help with my depression. I have not taken it in a few years now, but will be consulting with my ND at my next appointment to see what she recommends, as I've hit another low period and need some additional support. I have been relying on therapy and CBT, along with exercise, meditation and prayer, to keep the depression at bay. I also take red rice yeast for my cholesterol (I was an extreme case, with serious familial hypercholesterolemia, and have had great success with this), chromium for blood sugar levels, vitamin D, and a combined formula for perimenopausal symptoms. I also use a formula called Trancor, by Metagenics, for anxiety.
You and your wife continue to be in my prayers. I know this is a very difficult time for you, and I hope so much that things will improve.