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Since January 2015, I've been taking Concerta XL for my ADHD. After a struggle with the dose and routine, my GP intervened. With his help, I've been sticking to the daily dose of 72mg with much better results.
Periodic mood swings and occasional manic moments persist. Something, I've managed to hide or disguise, so far. But in July 2015, the GP decided to prescribe Olanzapine. First at 2.5 mg and then increased to 5 mg. I take this in the mornig at the same as the Concerta. Until the GP prescribed this, I had never heard of it.
May be it's the Olanzapine or may it's seeing my GP more regularly, but I am noticing improvements. There's been a marked reduction of the annoying anxious internal dialogue in my head; fewer mood swings; almost no angry outburts and general calm. I've noticed a slight increase in appetite, but nothing more. I'm fine with taking it.
When I went for my assessment and diagnosis for ADHD (Nov 2014), the ADHD doctor decided to refer me for autism spectral disorder (ASD) assessment. On the recommendation of my GP, I've also been the health centre's pyschologist. Based on his own observations, he also thinks I may be on the ASD spectrum. I'll be assessed by the NHS ASD unit in Feb 2016.
I also take Mirtazpine 30 mg. I've been taking this for ages. Mainly because I'd occassionally go the GP and say I was feeling anxious. They gave me a prescritption and I'd go away again.
So I am now wondering :
how long should I take Olanzapine ?
is evening better ? I take it in the morning ?
what about coming off the Olazanpine ? (eventually ?)
anything else I should know ?
Thanks for any advice.
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