A major problem with antipsichotic & anti depressant drugs is that the users are prone to alter their doses in the absence of professional counsil. In my case, I just chose to ditch the antidepressant and learn to deal. After a few months of “uncomfortable” side effects of quitting cold-turkey I am able to get by. Granted, it takes a bit of effort as I am basically ignoring the majority of my natural impulses to do things like stay home from work and sulk in the closet and avoid my wife and kids whenever possible. But everything is more or less fine.
Should my brother someday make the same decision regarding his antipsychotics his life will change dramatically regardless of any effort he may (or may not) feel compelled to apply. He’s basically a tiger on a medicine-leash.
Which leads me to the question: since the consequences of psychotics failing to take their medicine is so terrible, has any effort been made to develop a long term implant like we have for certain female birth control drugs?
I’m envisioning a 3-part subdermal implant:
Part I: 7 month time release dose of a given antipsychotic or antidepressant
Part II: 8 month time release dose of an incapacitating/discomfort-inducing drug (Motivator)
Part III: 6 month time release dose of an antidote to Part II.
Parts II & III would be used for individuals at risk of severly disruptive behavior in the absence of the drug (violent nutjobs like my brother, for instance). The idea being that if they fail to freshen up their implant they will be “physiologically encouraged” to do so.
Part I & Part III are part of the same implant. Part II is implanted inside the body cavity and not readily accessible to the patient. Should the patient remove his antipsychotic, he will also be removing the antidote to his “motivator.”
Is this a viable drug regimen? What examples exist of a drug combination for Part II & Part III that, when taken together, produce minimal side effects? I am not interested in discussing the ethics of such a routine just yet, just wanna know if it’s possible/been done.