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Review by jenniferdanielle83 (taken for less than 1 month):
I started taking Geodon last week. It has pulled me out of a terrible depression I was under for over a year! I was taking Latuda before Geodon and it caused me to have panic attacks, and bad thoughts. So far it has been a miracle medicine! God has answered my prayers! Now I just pray it doesn't cause weight gain.
I was on this for a few months. I couldn't function at all. Although I did lose weight. I'm trying risperidone now. I really hope it works for me. All I want is to be mentally sound...bi-polar/panic anxiety disorder.
I love the results from this medicine. I am not anxious and haven't cried or had a rage fit. Sad to say, I am suffering major side effects such as throwing up, loss of appetite, can't swallow, sweats, can't sleep, shaking all over, teeth clenching on and on and on. BUT it beats the hell out of anxiety, crying all the time and severe and sometimes violent mood swings.
Geodon made me a zombie. I cried a lot more, I could barely drive. My eyes were half shut. I took it with lots of fatty foods as ordered. I couldn't speak coherently. Seroquel caused blackouts and rage, Zyprexa made me gain 45lb and caused akasthesia.
Review by Sandiekreiss (taken for less than 1 month):
I'm on 60mg twice a day. I have been on Geodon for about 2 weeks. I am 42 and just diagnosed mixed mood bi-polar. This medicine has done nothing to my mood but make it worse. I'm about ready to bite people's heads off. I am extremely agitated, with thoughts of rage running through my head more than not. I also sweat more, and am paranoid a lot. I want to give it some time, but don't know how long I can take these feelings.
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I was told by several doctors that I may be bipolar and finally went in to the psychiatrist recently. I was experiencing major mood swings and mixed emotions, paranoia. I couldn't even go to the grocery store without my heart racing and my chest tightening and thinking horrible gruesome thoughts. I have always been on Effexor XR 150 mg a day for my depression and anxiety. The doc added to it 40 mg of Geodon at night to start with, and I have never felt so free. I can think clearly and not dwell on every racing thought. The racing and paranoid thoughts are actually gone and I can handle reality again. I could probably stand to up the dosage a bit but this medicine has been a miracle for me. I have felt amazing.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I was only taking Geodon for 3 weeks (tapered up to 60mg), and one evening I was sitting in front of my computer and experienced the worst panic attack of my life (also my first panic attack). I was admitted to the ER that day. I felt like I was about to have a drug induced psychosis. My pdoc instructed me to stop taking it immediately. The withdrawal was an absolute nightmare. I experienced over 30 different symptoms (anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, paranoia, nausea, crawling skin, heart palpitations, chills, & tingling just to name a few). It has been almost 2 months and I am still struggling with anxiety.
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I have tried many medications for bipolar disorder. All had to be discontinued due to side effects. Then I finally tried Geodon. I have been on it for about a month. This has been the best tolerated and effective medicine for me so far. It really stabilizes my mood shifts. And I tolerate it well. The major side effects for me are restlessness, anorexia (a welcome side effect!), a little anxiety, and morning drowsiness. I went from taking this medication 40 mg twice a day to just 80 mg at night, and my morning drowsiness subsided. I am glad I tried Geodon. I hope its positive effects continue.
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I am diagnosed bipolar with psychotic features and I started taking this medication in 2009 when I first got hospitalized after I found out I was "allergic" to Abilify. Geodon was like a miracle. It took away all of the voices and visual hallucinations that I would experience and it worked for a very long time with no side effects which was perfect but just recently last December to be exact it just stopped working. So now I am being weened off the Geodon and am being put on Saphris. Hopefully it will work just as well as the Geodon it has been a hard couple of months including a hospitalization and 2 bouts of IOP. Geodon was great with little if any side effects but hopefully it will last longer for you than it did for me.
I just came through another manic episode, but with Geodon I don't think it was a severe as it has been in the past. Bipolar disorder has made me make some very poor and self destructive choice, but Geodon has really helped. I don't know where I would be without it.
When I first began on Geodon I was filled with anxiety. In fact, even though I was more or less covered for mania and depression, this was still the darkest period of my life. It went on for six months without getting better. Then I switched to Lamictal, which worked on my depression but left me "high" all the time. Small amounts of Geodon countered that, which at these low levels mostly behaved itself. It still made me either insomniac or lethargic depending on exactly what time of the evening I took it. I was anxious only a few hours in the late afternoon. Eventually I've worked my way all the way back up to 120mg a day, which has reduced my manic spells to zero. The goal now is to get off Lamictal again to improve my concentration.
Once I got over the sleepiness its working great for what it needs to be. My only Problems are one, it makes me feel totally numb. I can't even cry on it. I feel no emotions and two, I'm very forgetful and when I forget Geodon I actually start panicking and throwing up. Just don't forget your medicine.
I've been on Geodon for a little over a year. It's been a miracle until I started having tremors a yr or so later. Drs. lowered me off it and I went into a severe depression. The one thing I hate about it is if I miss a dose, I'm wide awake all night. Dr. is taking me off it and I started Latuda, but I know since I'm off it now I'm having trouble sleeping.
I have only been taking this medicine for a few days to replace Seroquel and I feel good but very jittery at 80mg pm. I gained a lot of weight on Seroquel and my blood tests were not good. My doctor said for some people Geodon is "activating" at this dose and he raised it 20 more mg and said maybe I would feel calmer. I have read reviews of people getting sleepy - I hope I get sleepier! I have a great doctor-that also makes a difference!
I was on Geodon for a few months after getting out of the hospital, and out of the dozen or so medications I tried, it was the most effective. I felt much more stable, could sleep, and was generally more productive. It was used to treat hypomania, but it really kept depression at bay as well. The only weird side effect I had was a sort of body dissociation that would happen periodically.
I have bipolar disorder and have been on Geodon and Lamictal since 2006. Geodon was prescribed to me help me with anger issues. I have mellowed out considerably. I have taken dosages ranging from 40-80mg. I was told the 80mg made me very lethargic. 60mg worked with no problems. I am currently on 40 mg and it is working great.
I have been on Geodon for about a week now. The side effects I have experienced have been dreaming and waking up and having to decipher whether or not it was a dream or if I actually did the task I dreamt about. I have taken Seroquel, fluoxetine, Lexapro, Abilify, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta. Seroquel was the worse, I gained 30 lbs and I'm an extremely active person and have been my entire life. All the other medicines either gave me horrible side effects or had no effect at all. I am now on lamotrigine, 4 mgs of Xanax a day and Geodon. This "cocktail" seems to be working.
I'm taking Geodon 20 mg in the morning and evening now. The first night was AMAZING, it was the prime of my existence. I felt so calm and present and able to think of one thing at a time. I requested to take it in the morning too. The second day I got an anxiety attack in the middle of the day and I'd never had one previously so I didn't know what to do with myself. The next few days the restlessness got better until it was gone. I thought it was over but today I got a weird feeling of uncoordination and discomfort, I couldn't write either. But every time I get a strange side effect, I nap it off. Seems to work. After napping, I'm golden. Tomorrow will be my first completed week of Geodon.
After the initial, hard to get through side effects. I stuck with the Geodon and it has helped me greatly. I'm not as moody, and like some other peoples' reviews I saw, I'm not as hostile. I'm taking 160mg/night and due to severe stress my doctor added another 60mg in the morning. I'm over the sleepiness, but do get restless at times. I keep reading about the horror stories about this medicine, but for me it works well in conjunction with my Lamictal and Klonopin and Prozac.
I was taking 80 mg at bedtime because it made me drowsy and helped me sleep through the night. If I didn't take the medication, I would not sleep. Went on a weekend vacation and forgot my medications and could not sleep. Tried OTC sleeping pills and getting drunk but did not help me sleep. Aside from that had bad nightmares at the beginning but went away. Also had hand tremors that did not go away and was put on propoponlol to control it. The good thing is I did not gain weight.
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