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Does The Side Effect Of Blurred Vision Ever Go Away?

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#1 ghosts


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

I believe that Abilify is causing blurred vision (of course I'm on 5 meds, but I think it is the Abilify). It's annoying and difficult as in my profession I have to do a lot of reading. Does blurred vision eventually resolve itself like some other common side effects?
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#2 Sunset Soon Forgotten

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

I have't been on Abilify specifically, but have had blurred vision and double vision from the combo of amitriptyline and Lamictal. In my case, it's passed, except when I'm very tired. I've been on the combo for almost a month.
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#3 Cthebird


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

Tegretol XR has given me blurred vision/double vision (mostly double vision) and it eased depending on the time of day I took it. If my blood level is too high, it happens again. Blood level changes often happen during the day if I take the medication too close to each other.
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Current psych meds: Tegretol XR (1400 mg), Lamictal (100 mg), Geodon (160 mg), Seroquel XR (400 mg), Klonopin (0.5 mg).


"As needed" meds:  Ativan (1 mg - up to 3 per day) and Seroquel Ir/additional XR (25/50 mg - up to 3 per day)


Other meds:  Levothyroxine (150 mcg), Propranolol (40 mg), prescription iron supplement (for anemia), prn sumatriptan injection


Old meds from the past in approximate order of stopping/being taken off (age 15-43):  Buspar, Prozac (maybe 1 week), Paxil (maybe 3 weeks), Effexor (maybe 3 weeks), Lexapro (2 months), Zyprexa,  Risperdal, Naltrexone (alcohol cravings - didn't work), Neurontin, Cymbalta (maybe 2 weeks), Campral (alcohol cravings - helped some), Trileptal, Pristiq (maybe 2 weeks),  Abilify, Vistaril, Cogentin,Seroquel ir, Provigil (total of 4 weeks - Ya hoo!!), Depakote ER, Invega, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XR, Perphanazine (Trilafon), Lithium ER, Navane.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

I have had vision changes as well. I believe for me it is the Lamictal. I can't wear my contacts anymore because anything up close is blurry. I have to wear my glasses so I can remove them to see anything up close. I am blind as a bat and have never had problems reading with my contacts or glasses until now.

I started Lamictal four months ago and have had this problem ever since. I was hoping it would resolve with time but I think it's here to stay as long as I am on Lamictal.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

Cogentin (Generic: benztropine) destroyed my close vision.

After 1 day off it got better and after 2 days without the med, my vision was back to normal.

Edited by CircaM, 23 January 2013 - 06:00 PM.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

Abilify didn't affect my vision, but the 2mg Cogentin I took with it for akathisia did. I saw an ophthalmologist and then a neuro-ophthalmologist; they were perfectly willing to blame the Cogentin. I cured it by stopping both the Cogentin and the Abilify. (I now take Latuda with propranolol and only 0.25mg of Cogentin for akathisia. No problem.)

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Latuda 60mg;   propranolol 80mg;  benztropine 0.25mg (akathisia);   Lamictal 200mg;  Wellbutrin 150 mg;

For sleep (rotating):  Lunesta 6mg;  Seroquel 50mg  


Prn: Xanax up to 3mg;


Efffexor,  Cymbalta,  Zoloft,  Valium,  clonazepam, Seroquel,  Abilify,  Ambien, Viibryd, Chantix, Luvox, trazodone

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