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You really need to disuss this with your psychiatrist - a good doc should always take into acount his patient's financial situation and medical aid - I was always cautious about selecing expensive new drugs when equally effective but more economical older drugs were available, for this reason.
Obviousl;y, I have no idea why your shrink chose these 2 particular drugs for you. If there are good reasons, and you have responded well to these and not to other medications, then your shrink is able to apply to the Medical Aid to make exceptions and allow these meds in your case ( raher than as a general rule ) - and invite them to recognize that the costs to them of your condition worsening due to unavailability of specific drugs could be higher, as well as obviously more miserable for you. Lets hope the motioational letter will succeed. Otherwise, your doc must plan the best allowable alternatives for you to use, instead.
Your psych should no be allowing you to run out of medication altogether, with the associated risks attached to that.
I am a great believer in the value of Risperdal in a number of wituations, but am not familiar with its use in the sort of situation you describe being in. YOu need to discuss this with the shrink who knows you and your treatments well.
Pleased to hear you being so sensible about all this. Before the call, just sit quietly and jot down the quesions you most need answered, so as to use the call best
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