Many people believe that because their symptoms have decreased or have diminished, that they no longer need medication. The reason your symptoms have decreased or diminished may entirely be the result of the medication or maybe not. If you stop taking your medicine, your symptoms may return. You want to do everything within your power to prevent the return of hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia.
When someone is considering stopping their medication, they should always consult their prescribing physician. It would not be advisable for you to stop your medication without the assistance of your doctor.
I would recommend waiting until your next appointment before making any more changes to your medicine. Your doctor can educate you about your medication and determine whether or not it’s safe for you stop taking it.
I can understand why you want to stop. You are sleeping 20 hours a day. You want to function normally, in other words you want to have a normal life. There is a good chance that your doctor (and no one less than a psychiatrist should be handling your medication) can find a better combination of drugs that will give you back a normal life.
If you can’t wait until your next appointment, then schedule a sooner appointment. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle