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Re: tell me everything about geodon- good and bad

Posted by xjs7 on January 16, 2003, at 14:11:01

In reply to tell me everything about geodon- good and bad, posted by babs on January 15, 2003, at 17:45:52

Dosing issues
Geodon must be taken twice daily--for some people this can be quite inconvenient. I sometimes wish I was on a once-a-day drug like Abilify. Also, you are supposed to take it with food so it can be absorbed better. This can also be a bit of a hassle. I usually take it without food, so I probably need to take more than I might otherwise need to take. I am also on a 60 mg BID schedule.

Weight gain (or lack thereof)
One of the selling points of Geodon is that it does not cause weight gain. I have found this to be true; I have been on Geodon for more than a year and have not gained any weight at all from it. Of course, I am not sure if I would have gained much from other drugs; I have also been on an SSRI for a year and have not gained any weight from it.

1.5 mg of Risperdal is quite cheap (as far as I know). The equivalent dose of Geodon (perhaps 20 mg BID) is quite expensive--any strength of Geodon costs somewhere around $250 a month. For me, because I take a medium-high dose of Geodon, it is actually the cheapest atypical; equivalent doses of Zyprexa would cause more than $300. If you have insurance or some other way of attaining the medication without paying for it, you of course don't need to worry about it.

Extrapyramidal symptoms
From the statistics I have read, about 10% of people on atypical AP's get extrapyramidal symptoms. Unfortunately I am in this 10%. So, I have to take Cogentin along with my Geodon, which is a small hassle and costs me a small amount of money. I think Risperdal is just as bad with EPS, and probably worse in the higher doses than Geodon. Since you take a lower dose of these medications you probably don't need to worry about this.

Tardive dyskinesia
The risk of tardive dyskinesia is much higher in patients who take a high dose of medication for a long period of time. Since you take a lower dose, you probably don't need to worry about this condition. However, long term use does increase your risk. From what I have read the risk in people who take average doses for long periods of time, the rate of developing TD is 0.1% per year of exposure. So, I wouldn't worry about it. Also note that it is safer to remain on the medication all the time instead of going on and off of it intermittently.

Geodon is an excellent medication. I wouldn't call it a 'miracle' drug, because of its side effect profile. There are substantial risks in taking this class of medications, especially on a long-term basis. If I wanted to switch to a new medication now, I would first consider Abilify, however. It has some advantages, such as a once-daily dosing schedule. I suspect it also better with regards to EPS, although I don't know of any studies to back this claim up. Abilify also doesn't cause weight gain. So, in summary, I think Geodon and Abilify are the best overall treatments available for psychotic illnesses at this point in time. Some refractory people need other medications, but for the average person, I think these two medications have the best side effect profiles. And since people often need this class of medications for long periods of time, side effects (or the lack thereof) are very important.

I hope this helps.




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