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2 smell or not 2 smell.

Post by smile4me on Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:47 am

heres my problem.
im on abilify,aropax and seroquel for bipolar and anxiety disorders.
with them im a completely different person.happy,motivated,calm and social.
without them i rapidly sink into depression anxiety and general disorder.
the problem is,when i take the meds i aparently exude an awfull smell .like,a really really awfull smell that washing more frequently(two or more showers a day),using strong deodarants and changing clothes 2 to three times a day doesnt dispell.
my family have convinced me to come off my medication due too this,and im vain enough to want to smell good,not like a dead carcus!but after a month i can feel the old problems coming back.
its the only medication thats worked and ive been on meds for 12 years now.
i dont know what to do!
advice would be welcome,even my doc is stumped! Embarassed Embarassed

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Re: 2 smell or not 2 smell.

Post by jaffakiwi on Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:33 am

Tough situation.

My personal feeling is that being well and happy is more important than having body odor. Much more important.

I would stay on the meds and try and find ways to deal with the smell.

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Post by nzmum on Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:06 am

im with jk on this one.. toughf decison but i think ultimatley being well is far more important and is going to give you a far better quality of life than the chatoic living without the meds that youve finally found to work!.. have you spoken to a doctor about it? perhpas there is a med that can alos be given to combat the body odor?

let us know how you get on smile Smile

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Post by nzmum on Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:08 am

ah sorry i missed the part where you said your dr is stumped! has he looked into other medical reasons why this mite be happening? perhaps you can get a second opinon?


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Post by smile4me on Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:57 am

i did a bit of research on the net and found that one of my meds (aropax) is known for this reaction and causes excessive sweating (the smell is worse when i sweat) so im going to try dropping that med and staying on the other two and see what happens.my doc is ok with this. flower

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Post by Paddy on Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:43 pm

smile4me,

I know what you are talking about and it is horrid, isn't it.
But as much as I loathe and seek my own solutions to that problem, its much much better than life for me not on the Aropax.

I wouldn't recommend stopping the anti mad meds just to smell sweet, sorry. Definitely keep talking to your doctor and let him know that what you are experiencing is a very common and most distressing side effect. None of us like feeling and smelling 'rank' and it can result in further isolation leading to worsening depression etc.

Its actually quite a big deal, isn't it, and not a good thing when it leads us to conclude that maybe odour free and mad is better than rank and more in control of life?

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