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Geodon (ziprasidone hydrochloride)

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Geodon

 

Why is this drug prescribed?

Geodon is a medication prescribed to treat schizophrenia and short-term treatment of manic episodes in bipolar disorder.

Researchers believe that it works by opposing the action of serotonin and dopamine, two of the brain's major chemical messengers. Because of its potentially serious side effects, Geodon is typically prescribed only after other medications have proved inadequate.

Geodon is usually taken in capsule form. An injectable version is available for quick relief of agitated patients. Injectable Geodon is generally used for no more than a few days.

Important Facts About Geodon

In some people with heart problems or a slow heartbeat, Geodon can cause serious and potentially fatal heartbeat irregularities. The chance of a problem is greater if you are taking a water pill (diuretic) or a medication that prolongs a part of the heartbeat known as the QT interval. Many of the drugs prescribed for heartbeat irregularities prolong the QT interval and should never be combined with Geodon. Other drugs to avoid when taking Geodon include Anzemet, Avelox, Halfan, Inapsine, Lariam, Mellaril, Nebupent, Orap, Orlaam, Pentam, Probucol, Prograf, Serentil, Tequin, Thorazine, Trisenox, and Zagam. If you're uncertain about the risks of any drug you're taking, be sure to check with your doctor before combining it with Geodon.

How Should You Take Geodon?

Geodon capsules should be taken twice a day with food.

If you miss a dose

Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Storage instructions

Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Geodon.

More common side effects may include:

Accidental injury, cold symptoms, constipation, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, indigestion, involuntary muscle contractions, muscle tightness, nausea, rash, stuffy and runny nose, upper respiratory infection, vision problems, vomiting, weakness.

Why should this drug not be prescribed?

Do not take Geodon if you have the heartbeat irregularity known as QT prolongation, have had a recent heart attack, or suffer from heart failure. You'll also need to avoid this drug if it gives you an allergic reaction.

Special Warnings About Geodon

Remember that Geodon can cause dangerous -- even fatal -- heartbeat irregularities. Warning signs include dizziness, palpitations, and fainting. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Be careful to avoid drugs that prolong the QT interval of the heartbeat. Check with your doctor before combining any other medication with Geodon.

Particularly during the first few days of therapy, Geodon can cause low blood pressure, with accompanying dizziness, fainting, and rapid heartbeat. Tell your doctor if you experience any of these side effects. To minimize such problems, your doctor will increase your dose gradually. If you are prone to low blood pressure, take blood pressure medicine, become dehydrated, or have heart disease or poor circulation in the brain, use Geodon with caution.

Geodon may cause drowsiness and can impair your judgment, thinking, and motor skills. Use caution while driving and don't operate potentially dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

Geodon poses a very slight risk of seizures, especially if you are over age 65, have a history of seizures, or have Alzheimer's disease.

Drugs such as Geodon sometimes cause a condition called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS). Symptoms include high fever, muscle rigidity, irregular pulse or blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, excessive perspiration, and changes in heart rhythm. If these symptoms appear, tell your doctor immediately. You'll need to stop taking Geodon while the condition is under treatment.

There also is the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia, a condition marked by slow, rhythmical, involuntary movements. This problem is more likely to occur in mature adults, especially older women. When it does, use of Geodon is usually stopped.

Geodon can suppress the cough reflex; you may have trouble clearing your airway. Some people taking Geodon also develop a rash. Tell your doctor when this happens. If the rash doesn't clear up with treatment, you may have to discontinue the drug.

Other antipsychotic medications have been known to interfere with the body's temperature-regulating mechanism, causing the body to overheat. Although this problem has not occurred with Geodon, caution is still advisable. Avoid exposure to extreme heat, strenuous exercise, and dehydration. There also is a remote chance that this medication may cause abnormal, prolonged and painful erections.

Certain antipsychotic drugs are associated with an increased risk of developing high blood sugar, which on rare occasions has led to coma or death. There have been only a few reports of diabetes or blood sugar problems occurring in people using Geodon. Still, it's important to see your doctor if you develop signs of high blood sugar, including dry mouth, unusual thirst, increased urination, and tiredness. If you have diabetes or have a high risk of developing it, see your doctor regularly for blood sugar testing.

Geodon is prescribed for the short-term treatment of rapid-onset bipolar mania; it is not approved for preventing future episodes. The effectiveness of the drug for treating mania for more than 3 weeks has not been studied.

Animal studies suggest that Geodon may increase the risk of breast cancer, although human studies have not confirmed such a risk. If you have a history of breast cancer, see your doctor regularly for checkups.

The safety and effectiveness of Geodon have not been studied in children.

Possible food and drug interactions

Remember that you must never combine Geodon with any drug that prolongs the part of the heartbeat known as the QT interval. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts about a drug you're taking.

If Geodon is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Geodon with the following:

  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Certain blood pressure medications
  • Drugs that boost the effects of dopamine such as Mirapex, Parlodel, Permax, and Requip
  • Drugs that affect the brain and nervous system, such as sedatives, tranquilizers, and antidepressants
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Levodopa (Larodopa, Sinet)

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Geodon has caused fetal harm when tested in animals. It should be taken during pregnancy only if the benefits outweigh the potential risk. Notify your doctor as soon as you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether Geodon appears in breast milk, and breastfeeding is not recommended.

Recommended Dosage

Schizophrenia

Adults

The usual starting dose is 20 milligrams twice a day. If needed, the dosage may be increased at several-week intervals up to a maximum of 80 milligrams twice a day.

Bipolar Disorder (Short-term Treatment of Acute Manic Episodes)

Adults

For the first day of treatment, the usual dose is 40 milligrams twice a day. The doctor will then increase the dose on the second day to 60 or 80 milligrams twice a day. Based on your body's response, the dose can be adjusted as needed within the range of 40 to 80 milligrams twice a day.

Overdosage

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately. Symptoms of Geodon overdose may include: Drowsiness, slurred speech, high blood pressure.

 

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JustMe2252
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Registered: August 2014
Location: IL
Posts: 1
Mon August 25, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none for me
CONS: Extreme fatigue, induced depression, muscle tension, inability to think or function normally

I was given this medication and took it as the doc prescribed for a few months even after begging to be taken off of the medication. This was after being removed from a combo of effexor/ativan/trazodone to just this medication, which was a huge mistake. By the end, I was taking 160mg a day and sleeping 12 hours, not functioning well in school and unable to keep up with my fast paced job. I will say though, much of my issue was in diagnosis. I was originally diagnosed as MDD with Anxiety disorder, then as bipolar II, and am now looking at a potential rediagnosis of CPTSD. Overall though, I would not recommend this medication.

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leoben
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Registered: August 2014
Location: Baltimore
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Sun August 17, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: it's all quiet in my head, no psychoses or manic episodes, makes me actually able to do things like an able-minded person
CONS: it's so quiet and almost lonely, it makes me really really sleepy, it's completely killed my creativity which used to be very high.

It helps a lot. I don't know what I would do without it; I know I wouldn't do well. There are a lot of things I miss about me before this medicine, though. I miss doing art and writing and having fun. Now I don't even have the desire to create anything. I just want to do what is expected of me (and nothing more) and sleep.

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mummymooch
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Registered: June 2013
Location: Portumna Co. Galway Ireland
Posts: 22
Fri August 1, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Moodyness not as agitated
CONS: Feel totally high and blurry

I have only took my first dose and feel so iffy, look drunk and cant contain my self my freind said I looked drunk and that was in front of my class !!! I hope I feel more balenced out and less stoned soon. I am not in a mood tho !!!! thats 1 positive !!!

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Baroness4tea
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Location: Telford
Posts: 50
Wed May 21, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $16.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: No sedation, no appetite increase
CONS: Caused me to hear sounds inside my ears instead of outside, lost menstrual period

It worked well except for the effects on my hearing

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punkybrewster6k
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Registered: October 2013
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 1670
Thu January 30, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: did not help psychosis.

did not help

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misskrome
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Registered: January 2014
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Posts: 229
Mon January 20, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: debilitating side effects

Again... see Seroquel review.

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transientsoul
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Registered: August 2013
Location: Little Rock AR
Posts: 140
Fri August 23, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: Yawning, Losing train of thought

As I have stated in a post about other medication, it is possible that Geodon was exacerbating undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes. When on this med, I yawned all the time not like sleepy yawning, but like I couldn't get a full deep breath and my body was trying to get more oxygen by yawning. Now that I have my Dx of Diabetes, one way I can tell my sugar is hitting a high is when I get that shortness of breath.

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kaliope
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Registered: June 2011
Location: Western USA
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Thu May 2, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: few side effects
CONS: heart burn

product seems to be working but problems with regular acid reflux

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KeepingPace
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Registered: May 2012
Location: Hell I think
Posts: 27
Fri May 4, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $100.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: felt very much better!
CONS: stopped being effective after about 6 weeks

helped, but then quit working...

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octavia22
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Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1
Fri February 25, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Made me want to do things again
CONS: Sleepiness - if I take it in the morning

If Geodon makes you sleepy, try taking it at dinnertime. The sleepiness kicks in for me about 4 hours after I take it. Don't drive when you first start to take this medicine -- I almost ran off the road until I started to take the drug later in the day. It has made a huge difference for me. I have had severe depression for several years -- unable to motivate myself, didn't want to leave the house, etc. But that has changed on Geodon. I read a discussion online between some psychiatrists who said they had patients who "ruminated" and Geodon worked for them. Rumination can be a sign of psychosis. I think my negative feelings perhaps fell into the rumination category, so I may be psychotic instead of depressive. I have taken an array of anti-depressants but none worked. I write this in hope that it will help someone else with similar symptoms.

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angiepangie
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Registered: April 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 1
Fri April 23, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: gets me up and going, feeling better
CONS: sleepy

I started taking this medication about a week ago and I have got more done in this week than I have in about an entire year. Before I started I was in bed 24/7. I had no desire to do anything. My anxiety, depression, mood swings were very, very bad. I know I havent been on it long but it has already done wonders for me. The only bad thing ios when I wake up I am just knocked out. So tired and can't keep my eyes open. That eventually wears off & than I feel great. I am also taking a small amount of klonopin but i have taken this for a long time. it really helps the anxiety. I wish that I had started on this medication along time ago.... maybe so many bad things wouldn't have happened. I think I should take the med earlier in the evening so by the time I awake the sleepiness side affect won't be so intense. This medication is a life saver.

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john13
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Registered: January 2010
Sun January 10, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It effectively controls my mania's (prevents) with no side effects!
CONS: There is no negative aspects - it's perfect

I have bipolar disorder w/psychotic features. Geodon prevents the psychosis and even improves my depression with absolutely no side effects. Except for the price (but I have insurance) it's perfect. The only thing is you have to take it with food. But that's no big deal. Much better than Zyprexa and Seroquel which failed to bring me out of a 2 year psychosis. Risperdal Consta brought me out of of that 2 year psychosis, but worsened my depression and made me overweight. So I switched to Geodon (lost the weight I put on) and now life is much better. Still improving. Employment is looking like a possibility now. I was really bad. I'm currently on disability. Things are changing for the better, finally! Praise for Geodon! Don't know what I would do without it. If only my doctor would have tried Geodon first, it would have saved me a lot of misery and expense.

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englishrose57
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 12
Fri December 4, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: does not even feel as if I am taking it, just helps problems
CONS: none

Have had very positive experiences with this medication, at first heart seemed to race and pound alot, a little anxiety, but after a couple of weeks all went away and now back to normal. Very happy with drug profile.

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englishrose57
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 12
Fri December 4, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: works great
CONS: none

works great

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englishrose57
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 12
Fri December 4, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: does help with noises and paranoia
CONS: none

Works great

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corlenbelspar
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Registered: August 2009
Fri August 28, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Cleared up most of Schizophrenia with no side effects after adjustment period.
CONS: Had heart issues and felt stupid some days on it.

This cleared up all of my psychosis on the proper dosage and all but one of my negative symptoms which I still have totally lost the ability to express myself emotionally and such. Some people complain of it destroying their creativity but mine actually was better and less chaotic. I stopped doing things like screaming at people over conspiracy theories which I really think someone was going to end up calling the police on me if I kept going at the rate I was going. It didn't really fix my paranoia at all it just made me think of it less and I still get confused like I'll do things such as go to reach for my belt but end up reaching up to my ear instead or be driving a machine and mean to let off the gas pedal but slam down instead. I had to go through withdrawal a couple of times due to bad doctor planning and that was no fun at all. Do not go through cold turkey withdrawal no matter what you do. When I was increased to 120mg once a day I started having chest pains like my heart was being ripped apart that lasted for ten minutes and my psychiatrist and I decided to just abruptly stop the Geodon and go with Risperdal. I don't experience any weight gain at all on this drug and actually lost a little bit of weight.

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celli
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Registered: August 2009
Location: The Northwest US
Posts: 14
Sun August 9, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Brought me out of a very agitated, self-injurious state within about a week (I have severe PTSD)
CONS: None I've seen yet. I've been on it for three weeks now.

Geodon worked like a charm within about a week to do just what its name implies -- to bring me back to earth from a very agitated state. I must admit, though, that I don't have any basis for comparison beyond Depakote, which my shrink also prescribed for my PTSD some months prior and which worked well to bring me out of a six-months-long dissociated state for which I am still mostly amnesic. What an ordeal. For all the deservedly bad rap given pharmaceutical companies, I'm pretty grateful for Geodon and Depakote.

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gordonsetter
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Registered: November 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 27
Sat June 6, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $450.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: has controlled my hallucinations to a degree
CONS: extremely expensive

Geodon has somewhat controlled my hallucinations better than other medications. I am diabetic and have tried several other drugs for hallucinations and none have worked as good as the Geodon. I just wish it would take more of my hallucinations away. This medicine is very expensive but after spending out money for 2 months for it, I was able to qualify for the drug company's assistance program!

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Fri February 20, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Weight Gain
CONS: Weight Gain - Cotton Mouth...

If there are side effects - which is worse

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St. John Wort
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Registered: December 2008
Location: In my head
Posts: 35
Thu December 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: stabilized mood, decreased mania, no weight gain
CONS: dizziness, tremors, disrupted sleeping patterns

I pay nothing on the Pfizer Connection to Care plan. Check to see if you can qualify. I have a hard time with the dizziness this drug induces. It becomes very hard to deal with and I spent quit a lot of time laying down. I suffer from inconsistent sleep with Geodon. Some nights I have trouble going to sleep and other nights I will wake up very early in the morning and be unable to go back to sleep. My legs would also shake, and I was told that this is common at low dosages. I had the shakes at 80mg. but they evened out a bit at 120mg. This drug does absolutely nothing for anxiety and only mildly masked my depression. I can deal with the depression a little better than I deal with mania so its a good compromise. I have stopped taking it twice. The last time I stopped taking it I dropped out of grad school within a quarter. Both times I have experienced major depression once the drug starts working its way out of my system. I just have a hard time with the damn dizziness, and the tremors had started to get a lot of attention from both students and professors. All in all the drug isn't unbearable, but it does have enough side effects that make the positives a bit less positive. I'll be back on it within the week most likely. Good Luck All.

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Sevi
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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 5
Sun August 24, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: More awake
CONS: Anxiety and more depression

I took Geodon for about 4 months. I started at 40 mg and ended on 160 mg. Its effect would wear off withing 12-14 hours after taking it leaving me agitated, anxious and depressed in the late afternoon to early evening. Accentuated fear of heights and social situations. I lost about 15 lbs that I had gained while on Zyprexa. If you don't want to gain weight and can live with the side-effects this medication would be nice. I however was tired of feeling anxious and depressed in the evenings so I have quit taking it.

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happy1
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 19
Fri August 1, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: more energy
CONS: haven't seen any

haven't been on Geodon for long, but have noticed i have more energy. This replaced abilify.

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liblu
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Registered: May 2008
Location: TN
Posts: 1
Fri May 30, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: I'm waiting
CONS: minor change over initial 2 wk period

I have been on Zyprexa and Abillify and am now trying the Geodon. At 2 weeks out I am still having ups and downs (more downs) trouble sleeping. The best part so far has been no weight change . I feel that I had quicker results with the other meds. I have an appt this week and can't wait to either get off of this or add something to get me out of the dumps.

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puckyjan56
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Registered: December 2007
Location: nc, usa
Posts: 332
Sat April 19, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: has given me energy, sort of a high
CONS: shakes and quakes

i had shakes and quakes before the geodon and i was taken off 400mg seroquel to 200mg instantly and put on geodon. a terrible withdrawal. should never been done like this.

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Yellowflower
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Registered: March 2008
Sun March 2, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS: Makes me want to sleep all of the time

Well this is the first med that did not make me want to eat everything in sight or extremly agitated. I would say that it has worked very well for me. Just wish it did not make me so sleepy.

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squirrelgirl
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Registered: February 2008
Thu February 28, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: I became more depressed

This medication made me more depressed. I also had no expression or emotion. Didn't have a seditave effect but a made me a zombie.

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Schatje
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Registered: January 2008
Location: WA, USA
Posts: 219
Mon January 28, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: slight improvement of mixed state episode
CONS: side effects

With the first dose of this medication I lost most of the feeling in my arms and legs. I was barely able to move my entire body as it felt like I my legs, arms and head were full of lead. I was dizzy and disoriented as well. These feelings lasted for 36 hours. However, I did feel some positive effects in this short period of time.

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LadyLigeia
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Registered: August 2007
Fri December 7, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $150.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: hallucinations, delusions, agitation decreased and most importantly NO WEIGHT GAIN!!!
CONS: driving abilities decrease, dizziness, taking it with food ALWAYS

Geodon taken for schizophrenia is a most excellent treatment by far compared to past treatments with risperdol and zyprexa. Risperdol made a zombie out of me and zyprexa caused me to gain 8lbs in the first week of treatment. I feel more like me... not a walking pfizer pill zombie. The first week i had many negative side effects but fortunately by the second week they slowly faded. I have a very big problem affording the price but my sanity is worth 150 bucks. I tried being more economical getting one dose of 40mg instead of two doses 20mg which i assumed would cost more. It took a while to find the right time to take the pill because the 3 hour onset of the pill causes drowsiness and ability to operate machinery or make proper judgments(before bed is typically recommended). After about 13 hours on the dosage i note a tapering off or withdrawal effect. My body starts to get anxious, restless, and muscle spasms occur. I am guessing a proper dosage for myself would be twice a day. Every ... Body is different but this has been my experience on the drug for 4 months.

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HALLIEBETH87
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Registered: October 2004
Location: usa
Posts: 2201
Thu November 8, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: side effects!

uncontrollable eye movement...my eyes rolled back into my head. disoriented and nauseous.

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bptoo
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Registered: November 2001
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1175
Mon November 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Controls the voices in my head
CONS: Makes me a little tired

Geodon is better than Abilify, but doesn't work anywhere near as well as Zyprexa. I was taken off Zyprexa due to the possibility of diabetes.

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BorderlineAnn
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Registered: September 2007
Location: south central pa
Posts: 24
Sat October 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: thought control
CONS: slight fatigue; while starting jaw clenching & constant yawning

I love my geodon. i'm nuts without it. it's my most important med, don't know how i survived before it. sucked the first month or so, had to take flexeril (sp?) to counteract lockjaw and a wierd constant yawning in my throat, but that went away. been on it 2 years, love it to death.

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saintsandsinners
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Registered: September 2007
Location: prairies
Posts: 1
Sun September 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Less anxious, more social, less socially afraid
CONS: restless for a few days, loss of appetite

I take 40mg for manic depression. Although, I still feel sad most of the time, it is not interfering with my life. It does not have strong anti-depression relief so far, but I think it might change after 6 weeks of constant use. I've used for about 2 weeks and it gets better each day. I wouldn't go as far to say that this should/will replace a mood stablizer, but it is a very effective "add-on." If you tend to be dependent on others out of fear or an avoidant personality, like I was, this drug could really help you with those problems. I was taking Lamictal, but am allergic. It was excellent for depression, but it was not until introduced to Geodon that I found that I had other problems that were interfering with my life and could be improved. It's worth a try.

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Psychotic_Phil
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Seattle WA USA
Posts: 303
Mon September 10, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Relieves psychosis
CONS: Makes me sort of tired, killed my creativity, impacted my brain and thinking.

Geodon has mostly treated my schizophrenic illness but has completely killed my creative drive. It also makes me slow in the head, therefore impacting my ability to do math, which was a subject I loved very much.

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TPaige22U
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Registered: March 2007
Sat March 17, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Increased overall energy, enabled me to go back to school and finish my Masters degree and engage in full time employment, relieved confusion, some of the racing thoughts and dangerous mood swings/suicidal ideations. Side effects were intense, but most w
CONS: Side effects I currently experience: VISIBLE TREMORS, WEIGHT LOSS (70 lbs.), WEAKNESS, NEED FOR MORE SLEEP (up to 12 hrs.)

I can't give this drug an excellent rating because I am very cognizant of the fact that this is how it worked FOR ME and not for everyone. The "big ticket" items--i.e. going back to school and going back to work--made this drug worth it for me. People do worry about me if they see me shaking periodically, and the tremors may "out" you to strangers as a psych patient, but I don't have time to care about appearances and what other people are thinking. I also have to give props to this med for relieving me of the quite persistent suicidal thoughts that I had during this last holiday season in 2006. My mind is much more "quiet" now, and I can prioritize and think. Sometimes it takes a little more work than before to engage in academic or problem-solving activity, but you can get back to your normal level in very little time. One of my Masters' professors said I was writing PhD. level papers this past quarter . Now THAT'S progress.I do have an appointment this coming week with my doctor to discuss the tremors and the sleep problem (at present, if I go to sleep and wake up eight hours later, it physically feels as if I just closed my eyes and got a few minutes of sleep). I have heard Provigil has been used for this so it looks like I may be trying yet another drug. However, for restoring my ability to finish my Masters Degree after having various ups and downs, temporary leaves of absence, extensions, etc. and for finally giving me a chance at a career, I have to give this medicine a thumbs up in my case.

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story237
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 4
Fri March 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: constant noise in my head diminished
CONS: Insurance ran out - VERY EXPENSIVE

Side effects were odd aside from sleepiness - I got a stuffy nose ALL of the time about 3 hours after taking Geodon and a cough too. It did help the incessant noise go away I guess more than taking nothing, but overall I don't know that it was that "one big helper". I stopped taking it cold turkey with no real side effects, also did that with Effexor to no bad end other than a 180 degree swing into depression from Mania.

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Jkeyz
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 47
Thu March 1, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: I'm more social
CONS: none

Before Geodon, I was in bed 24/7. I wouldn't answer the phone if it rang or the door if someone knocked. My family would leave numberous messages for me to please return their calls just to let them know I was still alive, and I would just erase them. Now thanks to Geodon, I'm out of my bed. I answer the phone. I answer the door. I return phone calls. And I'm able to be social with my family and friends. I do not remember having any side effects from Geodon. My family went to my doctor's office and thanked him for putting me on it.

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Anonymous
Wed February 28, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: was not on it long enough for experience any pros
CONS: terrible side effects

this was one of the worst medicines i have ever taken. i had terrible side effects going on it and getting off it. i usually dont experience side effects but this was just terrible.

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alisonwonderland
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Registered: February 2007
Sun February 25, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: no EPS
CONS: makes me feel restless

it's better than risperdal. it also hasn't made me gain weight.

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dahlia
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Chicago
Sun December 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: My head is quiter inside
CONS: It makes me really tired and the only way I can stay awake is by taking provigil which is a drug for narcolepsy (sp?) I also have involuntary extremity movement from this drug

Avoid it if you can

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Sun September 24, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: didn't take it long enough to tell due to extreme side effects
CONS: EXTREME sleepiness (fell asleep while driving), EXTREME dizziness (falling over)

Only took this for about 4 days due to extreme negative side effects--sleepiness & dizziness.

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Rivakk
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Registered: September 2006
Thu September 21, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: in conjunction with seroquel completely controlled my biopolar disorder
CONS: extreme weakness

This medication was very hard for me to wean onto. It took about two months to get used to it and almost every day i felt so weak I could barely do anything. This was helped when my doctor told me to cut out my morning dosage. I still felt weak but it was much better.I feel this medication was a breakthrough for me. I went through 25 medications to no avail,I was in and out of psychiatric hospitals and I was giving up. This medication was a godsend and I am very thankful that I stuck with it through the difficult initiation phase.

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jennie
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Registered: December 2002
Location: DC metro area
Posts: 1366
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: non-efficacious for PTSD & depression

Since SSRI's were not effective for my depression and PTSD symptoms, my psychiatrist prescribed me Geodon. I had to stop taking this medication because the extra-pyramidal symptoms (EPS) became too severe.I was used to having side effects of tremors, agitation, anxiety, and restlessness when I was on the SSRI's so I just dismissed these same symptoms I was experiencing with Geodon for 3 months. Big mistake! Eventually I developed drug-induced Parkinsonism, extreme akathesia, and tardive dyskinesia. These EPS adverse effects were medically unjustified because I had never been psychotic, (see *note below). Why was I prescribed this medication?Geodon didn't take away the PTSD symptoms that I feared. Also it didn't take away my hopes to die or kill myself. This drug never helped me feel better. I remember routinely lying to the mental health folks who evaluated me for a suicide risk. I denied questions like: "Do you have a plan to hurt myself?" I knew if I said yes that I'd be locked in the psych ward or have my meds increased. I was stuck in misery, and the psychiatrists could not help me. I was told by a couple psychiatrists that I would need to be on some type of anti-psychotic for the rest of my life. I wonder how many other patients with PTSD these doctors have prescribed this erroneous treatment. I was switched to another antipsychotic (Seroquel) and placed on Artane and propranolol. I was also taking Desyrel, Zoloft, Klonopin, and 6 other meds. (*note: I had a drug-induced psychosis from this coctail of drugs.)I've been drug-free for 2 years now. I guess the doctors were wrong in my case.I do not recommend antipsychotics for anyone.

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MyBestKids2
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 5677
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: controls the voices
CONS: makes me very tired

So far, this has worked best to control the auditory hallucinations. However, it makes me very very tired.

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lenjan
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Registered: April 2004
Location: Milky Way galaxy
Posts: 4572
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS:
CONS:

Ehhhh. Somebody else needs to contribute his or her experience with Geodon, because I've only been on it a couple of months, and frankly, I can't tell if it works or not. I got it as a replacement for Risperdal. Risperdal worked like a charm on the self-injury urges. Geodon ... well, not so much, at least not so far.I haven't noticed any side effects, but basically, I haven't really noticed *anything.* I have no idea if it's working or not.UPDATE 1/4/07 Geodon turned out to be a complete waste of time for me. I believe it actually made my symptoms much worse because I was essentially unmedicated, it did so little to basically nothing. I begged to be put back on Risperdal!

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