I swear, I post about all the side effects mostly so that it pops up in layperson’s terms when someone’s having weird side effects to particular medications. Which is my way of justifying that I am also whining a little. OK, a lot, but I think I am justified, since I am turning into the Mrs. FDA Black Box Warnings.
Today’s side effect was that my pinky fingers had basically glued together with my ring fingers, though it didn’t feel spasmy or tired from the effort. Just… stuck. Which my dermatologist noticed (not that they’re not real doctors, but fer chrissakes, it was so bad my dermatologist spotted it on walking in the room), right after noticing that the muscles of my neck and jaw were tense and clenched. She consulted my chart, saw that I’d just started the Abilify less than a week ago, and suggested I take a Benadryl, now. I did, since I have the handy-dandy faster-acting under toungue strips in my purse. In the meantime, she waltzed every med student in the place into the waiting room while I started to come down from yet another allergic reaction to my f*ing psychotropic medication. I heard her in the hallway, bringing another resident down to see me, say “it’s a very interesting and clear-cut hypertonic allergic response to medication, visible in neck cording and jaw tension. Plus digital fixation or closed spasm.” Or something like that. Just call me Grande Dame Guinea Pig.
But the benadryl? It worked. And I spoke with my shrink, who told me to cut the dose in half and continue with the benadryl. Because I’m not spazzy enough at my baseline, I need to add logy reactions to benadryl to the mix. My chances of ever attaining the middle name of Grace are shot forever.
Thank god I bought a quart of vanilla and a family-sized pack of twinkies. Sheesh.